Go Back
Glossary Terms

What is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)?

Glossary

2021 marked the 25th year since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was first implemented, but it’s still important to track the trends and recognize how they will impact your organization. As part of your focus on HIPAA regulations, you should be aware of privacy and confidentiality regulations, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic healthcare changes.  

What Is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a law passed by the federal government that protects sensitive patient information from being shared or disclosed to unauthorized individuals or entities without prior consent. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the HIPAA Privacy Rule to put the HIPAA requirements into practice. Track recent HIPAA trends to ensure continued compliance as well as data privacy and security provisions for your practice. 

What Counts as Protected Health Information (PHI)? 

Protected health information (PHI) includes medical billing, diagnostic details, medical test results, prescription information, and treatment information.

What Does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Do? 

HIPAA requires that a range of doctors, medical staff, hospitals, and clinics protect patients’ health information. Here’s a quick list of medical organizations that need to be compliant with HIPAA regulations. 

  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Doctors 
  • Health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmacies
  • Psychologists

Safety and security compliance is of utmost concern for you and your patients, particularly with the fact that 93% of healthcare organizations had a data breach in the last few years. With so much at risk, get the protection you and your patients need with experts who can shield your practice.

How TempDev Can Help You Stay Compliant with HIPAA 

TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support enhanced accessibility, as well as customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency. 

As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to ensure compliance. 

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations.

Related terms:

What is The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health HITECH Act?Read article
Interested?

Agree with our point of view?
Become our client!

Please submit your business information and a TempDev representative will follow up with you within 24 hours.