The history of HIPAA began August 21, 1996. Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It required the HHS or (Health and Human Services) recommend standards protecting the privacy of individuals health information by August 21, 1997. With HIPPA coming into law in 1996 it came with a promise and sweeping changes in the management and operation of security for healthcare organizations. The main purpose of HIPAA was to mandate healthcare information and enable it to be uniform my utilizing electronic transactions.
Since the primary purpose of HIPAA was to allow healthcare to become portable (meaning a patient can have access to their medical records anywhere and anyplace at anytime) with the utilization of electronic medical records. In order for this to take place ...view middle of the document...
Physical safeguards are security measures to handle physical access to any data in the facility. Meaning everything has to be kept under lock and key. No records are to be kept in the open for anyone to see. Anything with a patient’s name, social security number or medical record number has to be shredding or disposed of properly. This will go as far as using a cover sheet when faxing.
When utilizing the electronic medical records there must be a firewall in place to prevent computer hacking. The security services enable people who work in computer services to provide more security for the organization, as well as the patients. HIPAA has changed the way healthcare has practiced for many decades. It has changed jobs, created jobs and the way we look at our security and private information.
There are no more medical records clerks who file paper; instead they scan records in a patient’s electronic chart. Doctor are writing fewer prescriptions and entering it into the electronic medical record. This prevents the pharmacy being unsure of how to fill a prescription because of a physician’s handwriting, which lessens the phone calls to the physician’s office to verify information. HIPAA had a great impact on our world that we knew, but it was for the better. In my opinion it has created jobs, and has caused job stability.
Discussion: How do you think HIPAA has changed our occupation? I believe it has created more jobs and enable everyone who works in the physician’s office to be held accountable.
History of HIPAA (n.d.). Retrieved on November 6, 2011 from http://health.state.tn.us/Downloads/History%20of%20HIPAA.pdf
Impact of HIPAA Security Rules on Healthcare Organizatio (n.d.) Retrieved on November 6,
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