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HIPAA Compliance

Dissecting the Security Rules

HIPAA's security rules aim to be comprehensive, address all aspects of security and scale for large and small entities, but the rules are not linked to specific technologies. Instead, generic guidelines allow for new technologies to satisfy the rules. Generally, multiple solutions are required for the variety of rules that set standards and implement specifications.

HIPAA security rules cover three areas: administrative, physical and technical safeguards. Administrative policies and procedures are the most vital and affect the physical and technical safeguards. Admin safeguards could include security-awareness training for staff, procedures for reporting and responding to security incidents and developing contingency plans for disaster recovery.

Technical Compliance


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