Health Information Management

New platform helps OCR open communication with app developers

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 2, 2015

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OCR has launched a new platform for healthcare mobile app developers to ask questions and get advice about designing their products to comply with HIPAA. Users must log in to submit questions and vote on the relevancy of other user’s questions. Logging in is not required for those who simply wish to browse the site. OCR states that posting or commenting on the site will not subject any users to enforcement action, although the OCR will moderate discussions to ensure they are appropriate, according to the platform website.

OCR is also hoping the platform will offer insight into the needs of app developers and allow OCR to target and tailor information to their specific needs. The agency asked developers to provide details about which standards are concerning, what guidance they’re looking for, and how that guidance should look in order for it to be more accessible.

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