With 2020 underway, it’s a good time for facilities to review the standards set forth by the rules that define HIPAA regulations. Without a thorough understanding throughout an organization, it can be easy for violations to occur.
While the Privacy Rule applies to various types of health information, the Security Rule only applies to electronic protected health information (ePHI). The major goal of the Security Rule is to ensure proper safeguards are in place for the storing, maintaining, and transmission of ePHI.
A large HIPAA breach settlement after a hospital system’s alleged failure to follow the feds’ suggested solution is a reminder that when it comes to enforcement, the government is holding all the cards.