The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was created to protect patient’s health information from being misused. It was signed by President Clinton on August 21st, 1996.
According to the CDC, HIPAA is a is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
The Privacy Rule states as below:
The Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information (known as “protected health information”) by entities subject to the Privacy Rule. These individuals and organizations are called “covered entities.” The Privacy Rule also contains standards for individuals’ rights to understand and control how their health information is used. A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to ensure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high-quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well-being. The Privacy Rule strikes a balance that permits important uses of information while protecting the privacy of people who seek care and healing.
Why is HIPAA compliance important?
The HIPAA safeguards the sensitive & personal health information of individuals. Every app that wants HIPAA compliance must demonstrate how they have put multiple safeguards to protect the data of the patients. A physical demonstration of technical and administrative safeguards to keep patient health information (PHI) and ePatient Health information (ePHI) is required.