HIPAA

What Type of Information Does the HIPAA Protect?

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You might sometimes want to take actions thinking you have the right to this or that and it could be so disdainful to be told by a legal firm or a lawyer that you don’t have a case after threatening to take legal actions. This is one reason why you should know information the HIPAA protects. The HIPAA does not cover every aspect of health, therefore there is need to know the limitations of the act. The types of information that the Privacy Rule protects are basically those individually health information that are either transmitted or held by a Covered...

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Goals of HIPAA Security

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There is always a reason for doing anything and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is no exception. Health care providers through their practices get a lot of access to information that if not treated with utmost privacy may cause more harm than good. Sometimes the information they have access are not just information about their patients, but about people their patients have come in contact with. In a bid to hear certain truths about a patient’s health from the patient, health care providers gain access to knowledge about certain persons in the life of the patient. In...

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HIPAA Security Rules

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has three major rules; the Privacy Rules, the Security Rule and the Breach Notification Rules. Each of these rules covers a specific area of health information. The aim of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rules is to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). To this end the HIPAA Security Rules specifies safeguards that must be implemented by health care providers who are Covered Entities (CE) and their Business Associates (BA) in order to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic Protected...

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Enforcement Of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules

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When laws are made, they are meant to be implemented and enforced to ensure compliance with the laws by all those who should. If laws are not implemented and enforced after they are made, then there was no need making the laws. There will always be people who would deliberately or ignorantly contravene set laws. This is why there must be an agency saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing the laws to ensure compliance by those concerned. The enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules is the sole responsibility of the...

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Confidentiality as Key Principle of Information Security

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A core focus of information security is protecting the confidentiality of information. By confidentiality it means that the information must not be exposed or disclosed to unauthorized persons. Information is said to be confidential when it is only accessed or known by authorized persons or systems. Yes, systems without authorization cannot be granted access to information. The confidentiality security plan ensures that no unauthorized persons or systems are given access to the information. It will be a breach of confidentiality once information is shared or used by unauthorized persons or computer systems. This is also a violation of the information...

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