An Apple job listing shows that the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , “suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works,” reports Business Insider.
The Privacy Counsel will, per the job posting, “have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and experienced team on privacy issues impacting Apple’s business and products across the globe. You will work directly with business and engineering teams to design innovative privacy solutions for products as well as across the legal department on Apple activities and regulatory issues.”
In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. It’s goal is “to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery, to promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify the administration of health insurance, and for other purposes.”
HIPAA compliance is difficult, and Apple has, so far, left most of the responsibility to third-party app developers, even as it’s released health-focused software. However, the listing for a HIPPA specialist indicates that Apple might be looking to expand further into medical technology in a way that means it's handling sensitive medical data, notes Business Insider.