What does the Privacy Rule (HIPAA) protect?

The rule protects access to individually identifiable health information that is:

  • Created or received by a "covered entity" including a health care provider, health plan, or health care clearing house
  • That relates to the past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of the individual, or
  • That relates to the provision of health care in the past, present or future.

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA is also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act.

It calls for:

  1. Standardization of electronic patient health, administrative and financial data;
  2. Unique identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health acre providers;
  3. Security standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of health information.