Everyone becomes a patient at some point in their life and therefore has an existing medical profile. Do you ever wonder if your files are being protected safely? Who has access to it?
With the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, otherwise known as HIPAA, businesses that store and have access to your medical files/profiles/information are legally bound to protect anything and everything about you. Since then, the Privacy Rule, Security Rule, and Omnibus Rule have been added to strengthen and reach a larger range of services to secure confidentiality, integrity, security, and protect against breaches.
Privacy Rule - Sets standards for when protected health information (PHI) may be used and disclosed.
Security Rule - Requires safeguards to ensure only those who should have access to electronic protected health information (ePHI) will be the only ones to have access.
Omnibus Rule - Deals with breaches and reports of breaches and its investigations; also deals with having Business Associates plans/agreements and confidentiality agreements in place.
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