So you’ve heard of HIPAA, time and time again, but have you heard of the Medical Information Privacy and Security Act (MIPSA)? Since the enactment of MIPSA, the gaps in federal privacy law have been closed to protect personally identifiable health information; and although many healthcare organizations aren’t aware, it’s fundamental to ensure compliance.
Now you’re probably wondering, “what is MIPSA and when was it enacted?” Well, MIPSA was enacted in 1999 as a follow-up legislation designed to tighten up loose ends in terms of HIPAA requirements. The act is fairly broad in scope – covering medical records in paper and electronic forms and applying to doctors, hospitals, insurers, researchers, and many other entities.
Ultimately, MIPSA was designed to reaffirm the right to expect the privacy of personal, confidential medical records. So how does MIPSA benefit and protect patients? Well, it provides patients with the right:
As MIPSA involves a set of rules to govern the disclosure of personal health information, there’s a few safeguards that must be established and maintained, including administrative, technical, organizational, and physical safeguards. These are required to ensure the confidentiality and accuracy of protected health information; and above all, these safeguards ensure:
When it comes to ensuring the right technical and physical safeguards are in place, a team of healthcare IT experts can come in handy! In fact, we’re able help you deploy the right technical and physical safeguards to secure protection health information & make sure you’re in compliance with HIPAA and MIPSA. How do we do this? We help you:
Still feeling uncertain about MIPSA? To learn more, give us a call at (888) 849-6818 or send us an email at info@GDSConnect.com. Global Data Systems, Inc. can help you stay up to date on all of the healthcare regulations and requirements regarding the protection of patients’ protected health information.