Date Added: Nov 2008
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was designed to ensure that people who changed jobs or residences did not lose their health insurance. As the legislation was drafted, a rule was added to protect the privacy of individuals' personal health information - the Privacy Rule - as well as a rule to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of that information - the Security Rule. The Security Rule describes best practices organizations must adopt to protect electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). This paper focuses on the HIPAA Security Rule and how healthcare organizations can leverage nCircle solutions to automate and simplify HIPAA compliance and improve the organization's overall IT security.