Like any piece of legislation, HIPAA is a means to an end. The goal is to drive patient empowerment, healthcare modernization, data privacy, and medtech cybersecurity.
In principle, HIPAA is the freeway offering the fastest, smoothest route to achieving that goal and compliance is the toll.
In practice, laws designed to deal with fast-changing highly complex real-world challenges need to be regularly updated to have any hope of achieving the desired impact.
HIPAA hasn't seen meaningful update in the last 6 years. In the world of IT and cybersecurity, 6 years is an eternity. Six years ago, Google Glass was widely hailed as the future of technology! In other words, HIPAA is overdue for major changes.
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