The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that established national standards for the protection of patient health information. HIPAA prohibits healthcare providers from disclosing a patient’s healthcare information without the patient’s consent or knowledge and it governs even accidental disclosures of this information. This is known as the Privacy Rule. Most people and organizations in healthcare are covered by the Privacy rule, including healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and business associates of these other entities.
While the Privacy Rule is an invaluable asset in protecting an individual’s healthcare information, it can create a burdensome challenge, not just for healthcare providers, but also for patients seeking access to healthcare services. For example, it is a significant timesaver for healthcare providers to collect patient information over the internet before a patient comes into the office for a visit. Not only does it reduce in-office waiting time, but it gives patients the opportunity to fill in forms where they have access to their healthcare information, a crucial step that can lead to more accurate healthcare information reporting. Note: HIPAA Compliant forms will NOT send all submitted information directly to you. You will have to view private information via password.