The HIPAA security standards govern electronic protected health  information (ePHI) that is maintained or transmitted electronically.  Some specifications are required, while others are addressable. In this  discussion, we will examine the HIPAA Security Rule. 

To prepare for this Discussion, read Chapter  9,  “Health Care Data,” of your course text Health Care Information Systems:  A Practical Approach for Health Care Management.

For this Discussion, refer to the four Safeguards  sections within the HIPAA Security Rule: the Administrative Safeguards;  the Physical Safeguards; the Technical Safeguards; and the Policies,  Procedures, and Documentation section that can be found in your course  text.

  • Summarize the intention of each of the sections in your own words. 
  • What do you think is the underlying issue that led  to the development of each section? What are the problems, management  dilemmas, or concerns that each addresses?
  • Identify one way that the Security Rule is too  restrictive for organizations and one way in which it is too general.  How would you modify the rule to be more appropriate? 
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