Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act ( Hipaa )

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There are additional challenges that are specific to healthcare. Healthcare data are bound by strict privacy rules govern by federal regulations, most notably Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Hirsch & Deixler, 2014). The rules are complex, and the penalties are high for violations. The federal government is concerned about privacy violations with the development of digital records and, in January 2013, expanded privacy coverage in the omnibus rule amending HIPPA, which was the first ruling following the HITECH Act (Clark & Bilimoria, 2013). These worries are not unfounded given the recent hacker attacks on insurers (Anthem, Excellus) and providers (UCLA, Community Health) exposing almost 100 million patients (Landi, 2015). Hackers want healthcare data because it is rich with personal information that can be used for identity theft but also insurance fraud (Rashid, 2015). Some believe that HIPPA stifles innovation since providers are hesitant to engage with outside analytics firms (Ouellette, 2013). Furthermore, as the industry begins to embrace mobile health (mHealth) and other cloud infrastructure, there are lingering doubts if the innovations can become and remain HIPPA compliant (Elliott, 2014).
The digitization of health records has helped the industry, but it is not a panacea. The federal certification of EHR systems involves three timed stages; the majority of hospitals and providers have attested to Stage 1. However, the…

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