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Introduction to HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act:
HIPPA Compliance The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for delicate patient data protection. Organizations which deal with protected health information (PHI) have to have physical, network, and process security measures in place and follow them to ensure HIPAA Compliance. Anyone who provides treatment, payment, and operations in healthcare and business associates (anyone who has access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment, or operations) must meet HIPAA Compliance. Other entities, such as subcontractors and any other related business associates have to also be in compliance
What is HIPAA Compliance
The HIPAA privacy rule addresses the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information called “Protected Health Information (PHI)”.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule is to assure that an individual’s health information is properly protected while allowing the individual’s necessary health information that is needed to provide and promote quality health care, is protected. The HIPAA Privacy Rule permits important uses of information, while protecting the privacy of people who seek healthcare.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule is designed to be flexible and comprehensive to cover the variety of uses and disclosures that need to be addressed. Covered entities regulated by the Rule are required to comply with all of its applicable HIPAA requirements.
Why HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act:
- Secure and confidential storage of patient’s data.
- Better coordination of healthcare data due to standardization of data formats.
- Do away with health plan–specific reporting and filing requirements for hospitals and health care providers.
- Reduce paper involvement in managing healthcare records.
- Avoid sanctions due to improper handling of data records and data breaches.
- What are the benefits of HIPAA
HIPPA protects patients against following violations:
- Disclosure or use of protected health information (PHI) without authorization.
- Absence or lack of technical safeguards to protected health information.
- Inability for patients to access their protected health information.
- Lost or stolen devices with PHI data.
- Illegal or excessive access to patient’s files by employees.
HIPAA Compliance is applicable to:
HIPPA regulations include: medical centers, clinics, and hospitals; private practices; outpatient providers; hospices and adult care providers; pharmacies; laboratories; health plans and insurance providers.