Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

In 1996 Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA PL 104-191). The purpose of this Act was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system through the development of established health data standards and requirements for the transmission and storage of electronic health information. HIPAA is the first national regulation on medical privacy and is the most far-reaching federal legislation affecting the use, release and transmission of medical data. We have made significant strides towards ensuring that all aspects of our system are compliant with HIPAA regulations that require stringent measures to assure privacy of patient records

Security Issues related to confidentiality of information, network security, screening of staff and physical security are addressed according to HIPAA guidelines.

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