Healthcare professionals are being held to higher standards than ever before to protect consumer privacy. Recent changes made to consumer protection laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and the Health Information Technologies for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. have increased the level of liability that healthcare providers can be held personally responsible for.
Some of the most significant provisions of the law that are specific to data breaches include:
Healthcare providers can avoid these new penalties and protect the privacy of all patients by following all HIPAA and HITECH rules before the federally mandated date of September 23, 2013.
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