The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule made many sweeping changes to the healthcare world. One of the most significant was the requirement that all healthcare organizations – no matter their size – designate a privacy officer whose primary duty is to protect the confidentially and privacy of patients’ protected health information (PHI).
Meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) has been an important topic in the healthcare world since the federal government introduced the Meaningful Use (MU) Program to encourage healthcare organizations to adopt EHRs. Organizations have had to ensure that they are using certified EHR technology and that they are meeting all the security requirements outlined by the MU guidelines. Let us take a look at the top 5 things you should know about security, privacy, and the MU Program.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, went into effect on February 20, 2003. The Rule, as we all know, is about protecting patient privacy and preventing medical data breaches. It lays out the minimum standards a healthcare organization must meet in order to guard the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of their patients.
Being HIPAA-compliant has been a hot topic among healthcare organizations ever since HHS published the HIPAA Security Rule on February 20, 2003. The Security Rule established the standards a healthcare organization had to meet in order to comply with rules set in place to better protect patient privacy. The sad truth is, however, that many organizations do not meet these standards, and now, with healthcare data breaches on the rise, it is more important than ever for organizations to take proactive measures to protect the privacy of their patients.