In this era of electronic information, privacy is a legitimate concern. With so much of our personal data whizzing around the Internet and wireless networks, keeping everything locked down has become a priority. When it comes to medical information, the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was the answer, designed to keep our healthcare records secure.
But, healthcare professionals say, there have been unintended consequences. The restrictions of the law have made it difficult for healthcare professionals to share information easily. And now, in light of the Affordable Care Act, things have become even more complicated.