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HIPAA is the acronym for The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and is a US based federal law to protect sensitive patient health records from being disclosed without the patients consent.

The HIPAA privacy rule was issued to implement the requirements of HIPAA and protects a subset of information. The Privacy Rule standard addresses:

  • The use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI)
  • The patients right to understand and control how their protected health information is used
  • To ensure protected health information is properly stored
  • Provide a balance to permit the use of protected health information to provide high quality health care, whilst protecting the patients privacy.
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