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Looking for a cheaper way to get health care? An affordable option is Amazon Clinic, but can you trust it with your health information? Let’s take a close look.
In this photo illustration, an Amazon logo seen displayed on a smartphone along with a shopping cart. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Amazon does not provide the care itself. It’s an intermediary between you and the people who will treat you. That’s where the problems begin.
Not-so-protected health information
Though Amazon declares it is “compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),” there’s more to the fine print.
Privacy 101: A secret ID in your phone reports much more than you’d think back to advertisers. You can delete it.
The HIPAA in the room
Say you’ve given it a lot of thought and are OK with this. You grant Amazon permission to use and disclose your PHI. Amazon may also “redisclose” this information, and “this redisclosure will no longer be protected by HIPAA.” If you’re confused, you’re not alone.
Remember, Amazon Clinic is not a clinic. It connects you with third parties, providing telehealth services with clinicians.
You can revoke your authorization if you’ve already used Amazon Clinic and have second thoughts. You can’t simply opt out online. You must fax or mail a written request or fill out a form. They want you to work for it.
First, fill out this form or create a written request that includes your name, date of birth, address and phone number.
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108-1226
Billionaire Jeff Bezos is bankrolling Fred Ryan’s next venture, the Center on Public Civility at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. ( SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
NOTE: The revocation will not affect any disclosure that any HCP took before receiving your notice.
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