Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Policies
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It requires all agencies that deal with medical records to keep patient information confidential. The basic requirements of the privacy regulation apply to “protected health information” (PHI) which is defined as “individually identifiable health information” that is transmitted by electronic media, maintained in any medium that is defined as electronic media, or transmitted or maintained in any other form or medium. In effect, this includes all health information, whether electronic, paper or oral.