What is HIPPA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations protecting the privacy and security of certain health information (PHI and e-PHI). To fulfill this requirement, HHS published what is commonly known as the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, establishing national standards for the protection of certain health information. The Security Rule operationalizes the protections contained in the Privacy Rule by addressing the technical and non-technical safeguards that organizations called “covered entities” must put in place to secure individuals’ “protected health information” (PHI). Within HHS, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has responsibility for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules with voluntary compliance activities and substantial civil money penalties.
Who Are Covered Entities?
Risk Analysis and Management
Risk analysis should be an ongoing process, in which a covered entity regularly reviews its records to track access to PHI and e-PHI and detect security incidents.
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