HIPAA Compliance: A Breakdown of the Security and Privacy Rules
At a time when information is increasingly maintained and transmitted online or in the cloud, HIPAA compliance is more crucial than ever. It is important for any organization to know what is necessary for them to do in order to comply with HIPAA law and regulations for protecting patient information. HIPAA law was established in order to ensure that protected healthcare information (PHI) remains confidential, it also provides rights to the patients and safeguards for healthcare providers. Any healthcare provider or ‘covered entity’ found to be non-compliant may be served penalties ranging up to $50,000 per violation, and up to $1.5 million per year across all HIPAA violation categories.
For any organization or Covered Entity with access to PHI, who want to understand the importance of keeping texting secure, below is a brief introduction to the HIPAA Security Rule and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, that can help make sure you’re safeguarded against security breaches and HIPAA fines when it comes to communicating PHI.
HIPAA Security Rule
The HIPAA Security Rule contains the standards that need to be applied to electronic protected health information (ePHI) at each step, whether at rest, in transit or in storage. The Security Rule applies to any person or entity that has access to confidential data and outlines the standards that must be met. They fall into three different core categories of physical, technical, and administrative safeguards which are divided into further specifications, or further instruction for implementing the standard.
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