How COVID-19 Could Reshape Prison, HIPAA Explained

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A woman receives a vaccine from a doctor
Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

The HIPAA statute protects the privacy of some medical records, but it may not go as far as many people think. We find out what exactly HIPAA is and what it’s meant for. We also hear how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Wisconsin’s prisons in potentially long-lasting ways.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Shereen Siewert Guest
  • Robert Chappell Guest
  • Julie Rovner Guest