There are specific rules and standards that health care providers must follow to keep your information private and safe.
Below are two federal laws that protect your privacy and security…
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
HIPAA protects your privacy and personal health information stored by your health care providers and applies not only to paper records but electronic records as well. HIPAA also requires your health care providers to give you a Notice of Privacy Practices (or Patient Notice). This notice will tell you what rights you have as a patient when it comes to your health information and how it is shared by your health care providers. Even if your health care provider is not a member of the WVHIN, your health care providers must give you their Notice of Privacy Practices.
- The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH)
HITECH provides additional rules and security standards to protect your health information when it is in an electronic format such as an EHR.
The WVHIN’s HIE meets or exceeds the national and state standards for the security of electronic health information. WVHIN is also required to meet or exceed any new standards developed for health information exchange.