ARE YOU SURE YOUR MEDICAL BUSINESS IS HIPAA COMPLIANT?

by Natalie (SU)
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a U.S. law that took effect in 2003 to assure that patient’s medical records and other health information provided to health plans, hospitals, doctors and other health care providers is protected. HIPAA is enforced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to provide nation-wide privacy and security standards for patient information, while allowing patients greater access to their medical records and more control over how their personal health information is used and disclosed. HIPAA established national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity (medical provider).