As various business processes across different industries are getting more and more automated, the governance of electronic processes becomes a crucial issue. This is because the electronic version of information is more portable than the paper version. Today, data can be transmitted at high speed and in large volumes to most locations worldwide. Various operational policies and information security infrastructures have to be put in place to guard data from being accessed and used improperly.The federal government has instituted rules, regulations, standards and specifications for the safe and legal use of data.
BulletImage Healthcare Information Governance: HIPAA
Title II of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) of 1996 is called “Preventing Health Care Fraud and Abuse; Administrative Simplification; Medical Liability Reform”. It contains several rules and related penalties that are targeted towards the safe, legal and efficient use and transfer of Healthcare Information.The main rules that are included in title II are:

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Detailed guidelines are provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services following which organizations can comply with the stated rules. A deadline was set for each rule, by which date organizations were required to be compliant. Most of these deadlines are now past. This means all care providers are required to be compliant.

For more information on HIPAA, please follow the links in the table below.

HIPAA Information

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EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)

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X12 Standard

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