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As HIPAA deadline passes even the unprepared are safe for now

Unlike the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy deadline two years ago, the security deadline that passed on Wednesday involves no up-front proof of compliance and many companies may not yet be compliant.

This makes sense to many in the field; the HIPAA rule involves too many software protocols throughout the healthcare s......

Full article >>> st & Friedrich who works with self-funded group health companies covered by the HIPAA security rule.

Where the rule came from

This rule is the third phase of HIPAA, a federally mandated electronic information act designed to help health-care companies identify, protect and channel the electronic information that flows within and between them. This rule has companies shaping up......

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The challenge, even for organizations with compliance methods already in place, remains in how and when to apply the various measures. Encrypting, for example, protects information en-route yet is not always necessary.

"Whether you need to encrypt should be considered but the guidelines aren't clear," said Barlament. By Emily Laughnan 04/20/05

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