What is HIPAA compliance? Why in the healthcare industry is it so important?

What is mean by this in healthcare IT

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HIPAA Compliance is a living practice that health
care organizations must follow in their business in order to protect the privacy, protection and integrity of protected health information.

HIPAA Stands for health insurance portability and accountability act this is a law enforcement in USA which prevents malpractice on PHI which stands for protected health information.

This law introduced in 1996 signed by Bill Clinton protects any improper and illegal sharing of patients health including patient and patient family health history…

Lot to explain but this is just summarisation…
Hope this helps

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What is HIPAA Compliance?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a federal law that necessitated the formulation of governmental standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the HIPAA Privacy Rule to fulfill the requirements set by HIPAA. The HIPAA Security Rule preserves a subset of information covered by the Privacy Rule.

The Privacy Rule standards specialize in the utilization and disclosure of individuals’ health information by entities accountable to the Privacy Rule. These organizations and individuals are called “covered entities.” The Privacy Rule also consists of regulations for individuals’ right to control how medical information is being employed.

The main goal of the Privacy Rule is to verify that individuals’ sensitive information is satisfactorily protected while enabling the circulation of information needed to provide and promote high-quality health care. HIPAA also safeguards people’s right to seek care and healing.

Read one interesting post on the importance of HIPAA to the healthcare industry.

  • HIPAA compliance is a living entity that health care organizations must implement into their business in order to protect the privacy, security, and integrity of protected health information

There are countless reasons why HIPAA is important, but the key takeaways are these: it aims to ensure privacy and confidentiality; it allows patients access to their healthcare data; and also reduces fraudulent activity and improves data systems. It all boils down to data security.

For healthcare organizations, HIPAA provides a framework that safeguards who has access to and who can view specific health data while restricting to whom that information can be shared with. Any organization dealing with PHI must also have physical, network, and process security measures in place to be compliant.

HIPAA is there to protect individuals and to ensure everyone has full access to a copy of their personal medical records. It is ultimately a civil rights issue. It mandates data protection for anyone who creates, stores, transmits or uses individually identifiable health information.

All healthcare entities and companies which handle, store, maintain, or transmit patient health information are expected to be in complete compliance with the regulations of the HIPAA law.

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