The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) And the Implications for Nurses And the Implications for Nurses

Author: Nicole Follansbee, MS, MSN, MPH, RN

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Masters thesis, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston.

The Administrative Simplification regulations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act became effective October 16, 2000. Compliance is mandated within 24 months of these standards being passed. This new law requires strict security measures to protect the electronic health data of patients. As a result, the policies and procedures associated with the practice of healthcare will change dramatically. It is imperative that nurses be aware of these new regulations and become an integral part of the team addressing compliance issues.