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HIPAA (1996) Rules for Technology

Which of the rules that make up the HIPAA law affect technology in a Health Care or Human Service organization? Can you summarize the relevant rules?

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1. Which of the rules that make up the HIPAA law affect technology in a Health Care or Human Service organization?

The two rules, the Privacy Rule and the Secondary Rule, were issued to implement the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"). They affect technology through the compliance regulations set out by the rules regarding the storing and transmitting of patient records via technology and different forms (e.g., electronic, etc.).

For example, a major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals' health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well being. On the other hand, the Secondary Rule specifies a series of administrative, technical, and physical security procedures for covered entities to use to assure the confidentiality of electronic protected health information.

(1) Privacy Rule

The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information ("Privacy Rule") established a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information, referred to as "protected health information" (PHI). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"). Specifically, the Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals' health information?called "protected health information" (PHI) by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule, as well as standards for individuals' privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used. Within HHS, the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") has responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Privacy Rule with respect to voluntary compliance activities and civil money penalties.

It affects technology in healthcare through the health records, which are both ...

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This solution summarizes the relevant rules that make up the HIPAA law that affect technology in a Health Care or Human Service organization. Other links are also provided for further research.

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