HIPAA Security

Overview

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations protecting the privacy and security of certain health information. One of the components to fulfill this requirement is the HIPAA Security Rule.

A major goal of the Security Rule is to protect the privacy of individuals' health information while allowing covered entities to adopt new technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. Given that the health care marketplace is diverse, the Security Rule is designed to be flexible and scalable so a covered entity can implement policies, procedures, and technologies that are appropriate for the entity’s particular size, organizational structure, and risks to consumers' e-PHI.

Key Points of the HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigates HIPAA violations and can charge $100 – 50,000 per violation. That gets capped at $1.5 million for multiple violations. The charges are harsh to help ensure that data is safe and companies are following the HIPAA rules. Sonte Consulting can significantly reduce your organizations exposure to punitive damages due to HIPAA violations.