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Byrne: Closing The Gap Between Hipaa And Patient Privacy, Austin Rutherford Mar 2016

Byrne: Closing The Gap Between Hipaa And Patient Privacy, Austin Rutherford

San Diego Law Review

HIPAA’s lack of an individualized remedy harmed individuals and left the law a toothless monster, but Byrne begins to fill the longstanding gap by offering greater protection for individuals and their sensitive information. Byrne will also incentivize better compliance with HIPAA by instilling in companies a fear of sizeable tort suit damage awards.

Part II of this Note introduces HIPAA and its ability to protect sensitive health information. Part III discusses the facts, holding, and reasoning of Byrne, in which a state supreme court, for the first time, recognized HIPAA requirements as a duty owed in negligence claims. Part ...