Ensuring compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule: Think twice when e-mailing protected health information

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Are healthcare providers violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 when a patient's protected health information is e-mailed?1 They could be if they are not complying with the HIPAA Security Rule.2 Nonadherent healthcare providers could face sizeable monetary penalties. To help healthcare providers avoid these penalties, this article focuses on an overview of the HIPAA Security Rule and specific steps that can be taken to safeguard patients' protected health information.
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