Addressing HIPAA Compliance
The privacy and security of patient healthcare information is important and, with the launch of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, it’s also the law. Healthcare organizations, HIPAA-covered entities, and business associates must comply with the information privacy and security protocols outlined in the HIPAA guidelines. This includes ensuring Protected Health Information (PHI and e-PHI) standards are applied across all physical, network and process security measures.
Fines for violating HIPAA’s medical privacy standards can range anywhere from $100 to $50,000 per violation, and reach up to $1.5 million dollars per year for each violation. Over the last few years alone, HIPAA compliance enforcements have hit $20 million dollars. With personal and protected information becoming more of a priority for individuals as well as regulators, HIPAA covered entities need to fully understand how HIPAA regulations apply to their organization.
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