When the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009, it was described as the “most important piece of health care legislation to be passed in the last 20 to 30 years”, yet none of it – or the Meaningful Use incentive program that HITECH launched – would have been possible without the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The passage of HIPAA in 1996 set the wheels in motion for the establishment of national standards for electronic healthcare transactions. The best known of these national standards are the HIPAA Privacy Rules and HIPAA Security Rules with which most health plans, healthcare clearing house, healthcare providers and their Business Associates have to comply.
Complying with HIPAA is not straightforward. Due to the many different ways in which Protected Health Information (PHI) can be created, used, stored and transmitted, HIPAA law is written in a way that is open to interpretation. Its technology-neutral language can also create issues for Covered Entities and Business Associates looking for definitive answers to specific questions.
Our aim at the HIPAA Guide is to provide HIPAA-related advice and definitive answers to specific questions in a way that is clear to understand. Not only do we apply this plain-English approach to our general articles, but also in articles explaining the conditions that have to be put in place before the use of new technology is HIPAA-compliant.
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