Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Final phase of HIPAA goes into effect today

The Security Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act goes into effect today in the United States: Metro: Patient privacy law on data takes effect 04/20/05:

"...Today's deadline applies to the law's Security Rule, which requires that doctors' offices, hospitals and health insurance companies establish rigid programs to ensure the privacy of personal health information of their patients and clients. The rule specifies three types of safeguards that must be put in place -- administrative, physical and technical -- as well as a risk analysis which each entity must perform to guarantee the system works...."

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