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Overview

Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of health information has been a fundamental principle for the health information (HI) profession throughout its history. HI professionals continue to face the challenge of maintaining the privacy and security of patient information, an effort that grows in complexity as information becomes more and more distributed in electronic systems.

The challenge of this responsibility has also increased due to the constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment. HI professionals are now charged with understanding how regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) impact privacy and security.

Training and Resources

Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of personal health information is no easy feat. As the complexity of information grows and becomes more widely distributed across all media, so must the skills and responsibilities of healthcare professionals.

If you are committed to ensuring privacy and security programs adhere to compliance and regulatory requirements from creation to implementation, review AHIMA’s privacy and security product offerings including our Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®) credential.

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