Healthcare organizations are in the midst of a complete turn around in regard to information security and privacy. Years ago a health care facility was viewed as an “open environment.” With hospital networks interconnected with Universities, clinics and other hospitals, the demand for security is implemented but not really enforced at times. With this “open environment” medical students could browse through medical records with ease. Hackers could get into the system and prevent authorized users from obtaining medical records. Today those security issues have changed. Healthcare facilities are becoming more secure and accountable for patient information and access to it. The primary reason for healthcare facilities to insure security and privacy of patient information is because of the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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