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Authors Name: Instructors Name: Course: Date: Healthcare The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was required to establish laws protecting the security and privacy of health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 (OCR 1). The HIPAA Security Rule “establishes a national set of security standards for confidentiality, integrity, and availability of certain health information that is held or transferred in electronic form” (OCR 1). This protected information record is referred to as e-PHI, i.e., electronic protected health information. This privacy rule applies to healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses (OCR 3). Implementing HIPAA compliance has made the process of research difficult in the healthcare sector. E.g., researchers can only carry out research based on chart data, when the patient gives permission to use the information. This deters the patients from benefiting from timely and cost-effective research. Additionally, this has contributed to increases in costs for surveys and studies. Patient care is also affected since the health providers cannot share the patient’s information freely increasing the time taken to attain critical information that affects the patient’s care. The healthcare providers also incur an extra cost from legal charges in case of violation of the HIPAA which makes the healthcare providers exceedingly cautious in sharing of the patient’s information even when the patient has authorized it. Additionally, there has been an increase in cost due to the complexity of HIPAA implementation. Cost of implementation increases due to training

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