Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Let’s have a look at some of the branches of the HIPAA Security Regulations: the HIPAA Audit Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
HIPAA Security Rule
The HIPAA Security Rule is another branch of the HIPAA regulations, and it implements national standards to safeguard the electronic health information for patients, especially if it is recorded, created, and used by an entity covered under the act. The rule consists a set of administrative, physical and technical security protocols that keep the health information private and secure.
The Security Rule was added to the HIPAA Security Regulations in 1998, and it underwent several changes and updates since then. In January 2013, the Security Rule was modified to add the Omnibus HIPAA Final Rule.
HIPAA Privacy Rule
Lastly, the HIPAA Privacy Rule is similar to the Security Rule, and it was first proposed and added to the security regulations in 1999. This rule introduces national standards to safeguard the medical records and personal health information that is used for health plans, healthcare providers, and other covered entities that conduct electronic healthcare transactions.