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In keeping with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Public Law 104-191 (HIPAA), which was adopted in 1996, all American organizations which use the personal medical data of citizens are required to guarantee the confidentiality of that information. HIPAA requirements are mandatory for medical institutions, medical insurance companies, government agencies and other organizations which have access to private medical records. The privacy and security requirements set out in HIPAA have also been included in two additional statutory acts. First, there is the HIPAA Privacy Rule (Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information).
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