Document Type



Health Law and Policy


The rapid development of personal technology over the past few years has thrust health care online. Most people have used some form of health tracking apps, nutrition apps, or exercise and fitness apps. The expansion of telehealth services and apps during the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift toward online health care. Digitized health care, whether accessed through a mobile app, a web site, or a telehealth service, provides a convenient and efficient means for people to access health care services. But this new access comes with a hidden cost: a risk of unauthorized use of private health information. This Comment discusses the increase in digitized health care, the risks of health care data breaches, and the inability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the nation’s most potent health care privacy law, to protect our privacy during this digitized health care boom. This Comment then explores how HIPAA and the regulations implementing it can be amended to provide the protections we need.