HIPAA New Rule
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- HIPAA has finally released the rule on Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement on January 25th 2013. The final rule will further strengthen government’s capability to enforce the law and also protect the patient’s privacy, safeguarding their personal information. Let us go back and understand the history and reason for existence of HIPAA before we dive deeper into the details of this latest rule.
HIPAA is an acronym for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The act was introduced in 1996 in Unites States of America to bring changes in for healthcare delivery, transaction, and administrative information systems.
According to an article in MobiHealthNews, over 10,000 mobile healthcare applications are used to access electronic health records (EHRs) daily, but the
Office of Civil Rights has reported dramatic increase in the incidence of data loss or leakage through mobile devices—more than half of them attributed to tablets alone. These breaches may have left the personal records of 1.9 million patients at risk. Healthcare became one of the most breached industries in 2011, and medical records were involved in the three worst data breaches of that year.
Keeping this in mind, the recent regulatory changes to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is made stringent. For example, to safeguard the use of mobile devices among healthcare providers, new HIPAA regulations insist that all patient data be encrypted at all times—during transmission, at any time data resides on wireless devices, and even while it is stored within applications. In addition to the greater liability, an increased chance of reputational damage, the IT professional and solution providers will be facing threat of severe governmental fines, and other consequences!
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