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HIPAA and Healthcare Technology Better health

At Barnes & Thornburg, our attorneys possess a deep understanding of the intricacies related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and other privacy laws.

We have experience providing top-to-bottom HIPAA advice, which includes the following:

  • Advising clients on the appropriate uses and disclosures of protected health information
  • Creating practical and workable HIPAA policies and procedures
  • Training workforce members on HIPAA requirements
  • Conducting HIPAA audits
  • Drafting and negotiating business associate agreements
  • Drafting Notices of Privacy Practices and other documents required by HIPAA
  • Responding to breaches and potential breaches, including notification of individuals
  • Representing clients under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights and state attorneys general

We advise health plans, healthcare providers, healthcare clearinghouses, and business associates in HIPAA matters. We also have experience with state breach notification laws.

In today's environment, in which HIPAA and healthcare technology are intertwined, it is vital for healthcare providers to embrace and understand the technology in order to keep pace with healthcare reform efforts. The healthcare reform law makes adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology critical to the ability of providers to take advantage of financial incentives and position themselves to participate in accountable care organizations and quality reporting incentives.

Barnes & Thornburg attorneys help clients navigate healthcare technology transactions with an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the experience of professionals in our Healthcare, Corporate and Intellectual Property departments. We understand the complex privacy and healthcare laws, and have experience negotiating and drafting agreements related to EHR, Personal Health Records (PHR), e-prescribing, billing and practice management software, and other healthcare-related software. Our corporate attorneys draft and negotiate agreements on behalf of some of the largest technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., as well as for hospitals and physician groups. The firm's IP attorneys have experience preparing patent and copyright applications for EHR and other healthcare-related software, and understand the unique commercial and regulatory environment in which healthcare organizations operate.

Practice Leaders

Mark Rust

Mark E. Rust

Healthcare Department Chairperson


P 312-214-8309

F 312-759-5646


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