8 - 1 Reflection Journal: Patient Privacy Just as there are rules, regulations and guidelines for every institution, the healthcare delivery system also has its own guidelines. The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (“Privacy Rule”) establishes, for the first time, a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) [ CITATION Sum13 \l 1033 ]. “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted on August 21, 1996 when President Bill Clinton added his signature and signed the legislation into law”[ CITATION Whe18 \l 1033 ]. HIPAA was enacted to because of the following: Standards for security were needed because of the growth in exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI) between covered entities and non-covered entities. These standards guarantee availability, integrity, and confidentiality of e-PHI. Also, there are State laws with strict guidelines that apply and overrules Federal security guidelines. The standards mandated in the Federal Security Rule protect individual's health information while permitting appropriate access to that information by health care providers, clearinghouses, and health insurance plans. The Security Rule establishes Federal standards to ensure the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of electronic protected health information. Also, state laws also provide more stringent standards that apply over and above Federal security standards. Health care providers, health plans, and business associates have a strong tradition of safeguarding private health information. However, in today’s world, the old system of paper records locked in cabinets is not enough anymore. With information broadly held
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