Changes to ensure Data security. The HIPAA law protects the privacy of individually classifiable health information, known as the protected health information (PHI). PHI may be controlled in different ways such as backing up computer disks or tapes, protecting statements from insurance company, lab reports, prescription scripts, forms regarding patients, email, explanation of benefits notices, authorization regarding treatments, any health documents, conversations between doctors and staff, faxes regarding patients and many more. The Privacy Rule requires someone to implement them. “All the data handled by a medical practice should be safe both from loss and corruption. One of the main ways of ensuring that data is not lost in case of any mishaps is backing up of medical data regularly. Data should be backed up in an offsite
6 location such that in case of incidents such as fires in the medical premises the data backup is not destroyed” and Medical facilities should train their staff frequently on the right way to follow security protocols to ensure breaching of patient information. Conclusion It is very evident that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) had an abundant impact on health care in protecting the privacy of patients in the United States. HIPAA specifies measures that are requires to be taken to protect data security. This law impacts the health care world today because it requires health care professionals to have safeguards in place when verifying a patient’s information. Quantitative and qualitative studies have proven the objective of HIPAA to be protecting the privacy of patients in the U.S.
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