Who is Impacted by the HIPAA Legislation?

As security and compliance specialists, Spectra engineers are often asked the scope of the HIPAA legislation. What documents are included? What types of organizations are within compliance requirements? Therefore, today’s blog will focus on “covered entities” under the HIPAA legislation and what client/patient information is covered as well.   Covered Entities A covered entity is a healthcare provider, a health plan, or a healthcare clearinghouse who, in its normal activities, creates, maintains, or transmits PHI or ePHI (Protected Health Information or electronic Protected Health Information). Covered entities that have access to PHI/ePHI must ensure that technical, physical, and administrative safeguards are in place and abided. They are also required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule in order to protect the integrity of PHI, including following Breach Notification Rules.     Covered Entities include:   Protected information included in the HIPAA legislation: (Sources: HIPAA Legislation)   Do you have questions about what information and safeguards at your business? Call Spectra Networks at 978.219.9752, or visit our website.  ]]>