• Why is HIPAA compliancy needed?

    HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, was set into place to protect the use of personal or protected health information. In 2010, another act was added onto HIPAA called HITECH, or the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in order to provide standards for the deployment of electronic medical records. These standards are administered and enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Civil Rights. Penalties for failing to uphold these standards range anywhere from $100-$500,000 fines or can even carry jail time and criminal charges. HIPAA covers three different areas in regards to the treatment of personal health information. 1) Integrity of information regarding the accuracy of medical information 2) Confidentiality of records and information, only to be seen by those on a need to know basis 3) Availability of information with no downtime

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