HIPAA security safeguards are now the most important feature of an organization’s security plan. The National Institute of Security and Protection of Information (NISI) defines the HIPAA as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The HIPAA specifies guidelines for protected health information and sets the rules for health information custodians. The guidelines are intended to provide comprehensive protection to an individual’s private health information. HIPAA security safeguards are incorporated into various programs and systems and these systems are used by organizations to guarantee proper handling of patient health information.
HIPAA security safeguards are integrated into various business processes including electronic health record management (EHR), carrier-driven models of software and hardware, and database management. The guidelines of HIPAA state that a covered entity must comply with the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. A covered entity must also comply with the Rule if the covered entity performs software or hardware conversions or updates to its system that are necessary to operate properly according to HIPAA standards. In addition, a covered entity must comply with implementing a system to track electronic data interchange or transfers to and from electronic medical records and secure data storage devices according to the Security Rule.
The Security Rule states that covered entities are responsible for ensuring appropriate security measures are in place to protect the rights of individuals. According to the rule, a covered entity may not perform security measures that rely on unrealistic assumptions about the level of risk or vulnerability of its system or information. A covered entity must ensure that its technical security safeguards procedures and activities do not violate the Privacy Rule.
Hipaa Security Safeguards
One of the major objectives of HIPAA is to set the standards for how an organization should handle its protected health information. The Security Rule …