HHS Security Rule
The HIPAA act also established the HHS security rule to ensure the security and privacy of
health care and health insurance consumers' protected health information. The security rule
is hence a part of the HIPAA act and covers the subset of information which is already
covered by the privacy rule.
Ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of the e-PHI which is created,
maintained received or transmitted by them.
Identify and protect against the threats to the security or integrity of the information
and which can be reasonably anticipated.
Protection against impermissible uses of disclosure that can be reasonably
Ensure compliance by the workforce
It protects all individually identifiable health information created by a covered entity and
receives, maintains or transmits in electronic form. This type of information is known as e-
PHI, or electronic protected health information, according to security rules. The security rule
does not apply to information sent orally or in writing.
According to the security rule the entities covered need to maintain reasonable and
appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards in order to protect the e-PHI.
To understand specifically what the security rule covers generally, let us see the following:
According to the security rule confidentiality is defined as the e-PHI which is not disclosed to
unauthorized people. This in turn supports the privacy rule under the HIPAA act and it also
protects the integrity and availability of the e-PHI. The security rule, on the other hand,
allows authorised persons to access the information when necessary for providing the
required health care or health insurance service to the consumer.
The size of the entity does not matter, according to HHS, because covered entities range
from the smallest provider to the largest multi-state health plan. We, too, adhere to HIPAA
security rules to ensure that not only our clients' but also the end consumer's information is
secure and protected. This makes us a partner of choice for all the different dental and
medical service and insurance providers in the country.