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Healthcare Security Oversight for HIPAA Audit and Compliance

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Executive Summary

Executives and IT professionals at healthcare organizations are facing an overwhelming flood of new responsibilities set by HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Because this act was meant to encourage the healthcare industry to simplify the administration of records processing through electronic data interchange, HIPAA also includes security requirements to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic Patient Health Information (ePHI). The scope of the HIPAA Security Standard poses an operational dilemma. Compliance with the standard requires the use of many security technologies and best practices to demonstrate strong efforts towards complying with this federal regulation.

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