HIPAA: Requirements for intranet collaboration software
The HIPAA law requires that strict security measures be employed to control access to intranets and extranets.
Sharing private health information over the internet can be a risky business. Unfortunately, as people become accustomed to doing most if not all of their personal business online, the demand for accessing this information online will grow to the point that health care providers will have no choice but to either provide access to this private health information or lose their customers.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to assure the confidentiality of patient information. This requires that health care providers employ stringent measures to assure that information shared on the internet is protected from unauthorized access.
The HIPAA Act requires health-providing entities to:
Assign responsibility for security to a person or organization.
Assess security risks and determine the major threats to the security and privacy of protected health information.
Establish a progr
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