HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA is one of the most significant aspects of federal legislation affecting the healthcare industry since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965.
HIPAA requires Baptist Health to take steps to ensure the privacy of health information, which is referred to as the Privacy Rule. HIPAA also requires Baptist Health to take steps to ensure the integrity of the information, which is referred to as the Security Rule.
Baptist Health is firmly committed to complying with HIPAA, both because it is legally required to do so, and because it is the right thing to do. Assuring the integrity and privacy of confidential health information is fundamental to our mission. Baptist Health and our workforce have always been committed to these underlying ideals.
You as a workforce member hold the keys to our successful compliance with HIPAA. An organization like Baptist Health can adopt very good safeguards, but in the end, compliance will depend almost entirely on the cooperation of an informed and committed workforce. See “HIPAA Basic Workforce Responsibilities” in Policy Manager for specific expectations of Baptist Health workforce members in protecting our patients’ privacy and security.
HIPAA Privacy and Education
HIPAA Related Definitions