The The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule requires specific measures to safeguard your electronic protected health information to ensure its confidentiality, integrity, and security.
A few of the safety measures built in to electronic health record (EHR) systems to protect your medical record may include:
- “Access control” tools like passwords and PIN numbers, to limit access to patient information to authorized individuals, like the patient's doctors or nurses.
- "Encrypting" stored information. That means health information cannot be read or understood except by someone who can “decrypt” it, using a special “key” made available only to authorized individuals.