Ricoh Revisiting HIPAA White paper

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has become the norm in healthcare since going into effect in 1996. Created to address the security and privacy of an individual’s Protected Health Information (PHI), HIPAA covers any information in any form or medium that:

  • Is created or received by a healthcare provider, health plan, employer or healthcare clearinghouse;
  • Relates to the past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual, or the provision or payment for health care for an individual; and
  • Is individually identifiable.
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Updates to HIPAA have redefined liability in the event of a data breach. Previous regulations stated that healthcare providers were presumed innocent of harming patients during a breach, and that vendors were not held liable at all. Now, in the event of a breach, providers must demonstrate compliance with a highly comprehensive list of audit checkpoints from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Additionally, vendors and subcontractors are now required to follow the same regulations regarding PHI security and privacy breaches as providers, reporting incidents immediately or face fines in accordance with the type of event.

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