Privacy & Security of Protected Health Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act o 1996 (HIPAA) provides provisions for privacy and security of an individual’s protected health information (PHI). The sharing of health information among covered entities, as defined by HIPAA, is pivotal to the coordination and transition of care, which is essential to transform the healthcare industry. In just 2011 alone, the number of HIPAA violations totaled almost 2,600 incidents and resulted in fines in the millions! The table below lists the top 5 covered entities and the top 5 HIPAA violations involved in these incidents.