PhDx Systems and HIPAA
Source: PhDx Systems
Today, health plans, hospitals, pharmacies, doctors and other health care entities use a wide array of systems to process and track health care bills and other information. Each time a patient encounters a healthcare provider, a record of their confidential health information is made. Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in August 1996 to protect patient privacy. The law included provisions designed to save money for healthcare business by encouraging electronic transactions. It also required new safeguards to protect the security and confidentiality of electronic information. HIPAA included a wide array of provisions designed to make health insurance more affordable and accessible.