The HIPAA Security Regulations are imposed to protect the electronic health records of patients. It is part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which is also called the HIPAA Act or the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act. It was signed into by President Bill Clinton in August 1996, and it holds the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights responsible for the implementation and compliance.
Government institutions have developed security standards that safeguard the data and privacy of patients. Some of the biggest cybersecurity issues arise in the medical industry, where patients’ electronic health information is often stolen and misused.