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Compliance hinges on an understanding of security standards, but enhanced guidelines are needed

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 29, 2015

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Technology is changing rapidly, and so too are the ways in which healthcare organizations create, store, and transmit data. However, the standards established to guide healthcare organizations through the process of protecting ePHI often fail to align.
 
The draft HIPAA Security Rule was published in 1998 and is intended to provide national standards for protecting the ePHI of healthcare entities and patients. The rule was finalized in 2003 and became enforceable in 2005, but has not undergone significant updates since it was finalized. While the HIPAA omnibus rule included updates to HIPAA standards, many of these updates focused on business associate relationships and the individual rights of patients.
 
Several organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the International Organization for Standardization, have updated their security standards since the 2003 publication of the HIPAA Security Rule.
 
Continue reading Compliance hinges on an understanding of security standards, but enhanced guidelines are needed" on the HCPro website. This article originally appeared in the June issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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