The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI) and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without an individual’s authorization.
The Rule also gives individuals rights over their protected health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, to direct a covered entity to transmit to a third party an electronic copy of their protected health information in an electronic health record, and to request corrections.
It is important for all covered entities and business associate to fully understand the HIPAA Privacy Rule and how it affects their organization. Additionally, it is important for business associates to understand the Omnibus Rule and how it affects them in the face of any security incident.
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