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Redefining Health Care Data Privacy Under the Biden Administration


Breanne M. Rubin, a member in Eastman & Smith’s Health Care Practice Group, was quoted in a Wolters Kluwer’s Health Law Daily article, “Will Data Privacy Shift Under Secretary Becerra?”.  The article discusses how the Biden administration will redefine data privacy enforcement as well as considers the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) current approaches to health care data privacy enforcement.  Additionally it evaluates likely positions the new HHS secretary Xavier Becerra will take.  Secretary Becerra is California’s former attorney general, where his experience included enforcing and publicizing the California Consumer Privacy Act.  

According to Ms. Rubin, she “expects that Secretary Becerra will focus on patient privacy initiatives such as improving patients’ rights to access and control the disclosure of their health data . . . [and] continue to advance the use of digital health technologies while also focusing on the security and secure transmission of patient data."  

Ms. Rubin’s health care practice involves advising health care providers and health related businesses including navigation of the confusing and ever-changing regulatory landscape of the health care industry.  For questions regarding health care privacy law, please contact Ms. Rubin.