Integrity is important to the healthcare industry — as it should be. Keeping data secure and patients safe is, in part, why we need HIPAA/HITECH certification.
HIPAA sets a national standard for the protection of consumers’ Protected Health Information (PHI) and Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) by mandating risk management best practices as well as physical, technical and administrative safeguards.
The “Administrative Simplification rules” apply to health plans, health care clearinghouses and to any health care provider who transmits health information in electronic form in connection with transactions for which the Secretary of HHS has adopted standards under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
HIPAA was established to provide greater transparency for individuals whose information may be at risk, and the OCR enforces compliance with the HIPAA Security, Privacy and Breach Notification Rules.