The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standards for sensitive patient data protection. It provides rules and regulations for medical data protection.
HIPAA privacy rules reduce health care abuse and fraud and set security standards for electronic healthcare and the storage of patients’ healthcare information. HIPAA compliance mandates the protection and handling of medical data, ensuring that healthcare data is kept private.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.
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