How Acceptable Use Policies Coincide with HIPPA Requirements

Contributed by Jody Rouse and restored from the old Infosecwriters archives.

Use of the Internet and networked computers are resources available to many workers in today’s work environment. Many of these resources allow the user to transmit confidential data especially within the health care field. However, many of these resources are not required or related to the worker’s job. One solution to this problem is to develop an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that outlines the permissible parameters of employee computer use. To combat the transference of health care data through inappropriate means and the use of private health care data in a non-private way, a new act was passed. This act is called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This paper will define AUP, HIPAA requirements and how AUPs coincide with HIPAA requirements.

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