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HIPAA REGULATIONS: SECURITY RULE

The proposed security rule published in August 1998 requires every covered healthcare organization to have an information security program in place. It is expected that most of the proposed standards will be implemented in the final rule once it is published. Publication of the final rule is expected by September 2002. There is the expectation that the final rule may contain increased audit requirements as well as clarification of how paper and oral communications will be affected by the security standards. It is also expected that electronic signatures will be covered separately in their own Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The proposed security standard addresses how data is stored and accessed. It provides the means for safeguarding data integrity, confidentiality and availability through a documented formal information security process that includes:

Administrative Policies and Procedures
Physical Safeguards
Technical Security Services
Technical Security Mechanisms

 

 
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