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HIPAA Software Development F.A.Q.

HIPAA Software Development

HIPAA applies to covered entities collecting and generating patient healthcare data. Now if you consider yourself a covered entity or a hybrid entity then HIPAA would apply to you. If you just consider yourself collecting your clients’ activity data then HIPAA would not apply to you. Consider this. My iPhone is always collecting my steps count, yet, Apple is not liable to apply HIPAA to the Apple Health application because it’s not a covered entity and it considers step count activity data, not health data. In addition, they specifically mention what they would do with the data collected and get their consent. This is tracking industry norm as of now.

All these will fall in the same category, you will just need to make sure you have good terms and conditions section that you have each user agree to. Look at withing, and other similar products, they all collect such data and are not HIPAA compliant.
There is another aspect to this. If you plan to sell your solution to insurance companies or chronic care management programs (this is how many tracking companies get outside funding sometime) then you will need to have the solution HIPAA compliant, because then you may become part of a covered entity and these programs may want you to be HIPAA compliant.
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