What is HIPAA?
HIPAA or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a federal law, passed in 1996, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
It sets out new information privacy standards for the protection of medical records and other personal health information.
HIPAA was passed by the 104th US Congress in 1996, mostly to secure, modernize the flow of healthcare information and assure that the medical data and records are adequately protected from any kind of misuse or theft.
Rights under HIPAA
The individual is entitled to limit access to his or her personal information regarding medical history and other medical records. In other words, the individual can set rules about who can access his or her personal health records.
You can choose who else besides you can have access to your health records (spouse, caregivers, family member or relatives, mobile application or your M.D.).
An individual has more control over how his health records are managed and the right to access health information. Have an insight into your data and to obtain copies of your health records.
You can not be denied access to your healthcare records over your unpaid bill
You can get your information in any form requested- orally, in electronic form or in writing.
What can health information include?
Health information can include:
- vaccine records
- lab results
- all your past and current treatments