How HIPAA affects electronic transfer of protected health information
It is difficult to overestimate the impact that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has had on healthcare organizations. Patients have no doubt benefited from its security and privacy provisions, but the HIPAA regulations have also posed significant challenges – and risks – for hospitals, insurers, medical practices, individual clinicians and a variety of related businesses.
In order for an organization to meet those challenges and reduce the risk of penal- ties, it has to fully understand how the HIPAA law impacts the transfer of protected health information (PHI) during day-to-day operations.
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