Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Rules

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.

The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities and their business associates to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.

The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) unveiled a series of consumer-oriented videos about the rights patients have to access their health information, as well as Patient Engagement Playbook for Providers designed to help clinicians and office staff engage patient through the use of health IT.

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