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The HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) came into force in 2003 - nearly ten years ago. It refers, as I understand it, to medical information termed PHI (Personal Health Information)which is collected, collated and held by entities. These entities are obliged to allow the individuals to have access to this information while at the same time protecting their privacy.
The Yana site, on the other hand is merely a convenient place where individuals can waive that right to privacy by choosing to publish the details of their health information to everyone who has access to the Internet. That is their choice and is not a breach of the regulations.