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The acronym HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act”, which became law in 1996 in the U.S. HIPAA compliance refers to the three main rules around how companies use individuals’ health information and personally identifiable information (PII).
Any company that receives, stores, or deals with individuals’ personal information related to healthcare, diagnosis, lab results, prescriptions, and so on, must maintain a state of compliance with HIPAA rules. This applies to doctor’s offices and healthcare providers but may extend to medical device companies, fitness apps, or social platforms where users share their health information.
HIPAA compliance can be summarized by adherence to the three rules: the Privacy Rule, the Security Rule, and the Breach Notification Rule.
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