“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will likely propose HIPPA regulations be loosened in cases of opioid overdoses, according to multiple news outlets.
Christie spoke at Morristown Medical Center to The Partnership For A Drug Free New Jersey earlier this week, and said he was working with HHS Secretary Tom Price and department of justice lawyers on the issue of patient privacy.
Finding a way around the strict HIPPA rules on data disclosure is necessary because overdoses are “often a cry for help,” Christie said, reported nj.com.
“There’s got to be a way that we can let parents and loved ones know when people have been reversed with Narcan,” he added.
Family members have a right to know if an individual has overdosed, Christie maintained. Physicians should be able to contact family members even if the patient is unconscious.”
Source: HealthItSecurity.com – June 14, 2017