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Sharon R. Klein Quoted in LONGHASH Article, 'Can Blockchain Really Keep Your Health Information Secure?'

7/19/2018
Sharon R. Klein Quoted in LONGHASH Article, 'Can Blockchain Really Keep Your Health Information Secure?'

Sharon R. Klein (CIPP/US), a partner with Pepper Hamilton, chair of the firm's Privacy, Security and Data Protection practice and a leader of the Technology practice, was quoted in the July 13, 2018 LONGHASH article, "Can Blockchain Really Keep Your Health Information Secure?"

"It's a question of, 'Is the vision matched to the practical reality in health care?'" said Sharon R. Klein, a partner at law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP and chair of its Privacy, Security and Data Protection practice.

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"There are privacy rules and security rules; the enforcement omnibus rule; special rules on research data and data breaches […] You need privacy and security design at all levels," said Klein. "Blockchain certainly makes it easier to check some of those boxes."

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Klein agreed: "There’s no silver bullet for this," she said. "Blockchain at its best is a tool that may help with security, but it’s not a replacement for security under HIPAA."

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But even then, Klein has qualms. "How do you validate people on the nodes that have access to the chain itself?" she asked. Meaning: how do you  verify that people are who they say they are?

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