HIPAA Compliance | Berwick Township, PA
In the year 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed to establish a standard way on how healthcare systems store and use patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information is obligated to have security measures in place for its processes and infrastructure by the rules and regulations enforced by HHS.
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights investigates all data breaches reported by covered entities and business associates. Even a small breach or accidental violation of this act could impose huge fines. Clearly, IT departments must understand how to handle sensitive information, comply with the law, and protect both patients and the company handling personal data.