By Mark Keefe, President
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which was enacted by Congress to protect sensitive patient data. The act contains a “Privacy Rule” and a “Security Rule”,” which in turn protect the privacy, and sets standards for the security of electronic protected health information (e-PHI).
The HIPAA Security Rule defines “confidentiality” to mean that e-PHI is not available or disclosed to unauthorized persons. The Security Rule’s confidentiality requirements support the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s prohibitions against improper uses and disclosures of PHI.
Taken together, these rules establish national standards for how companies