Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was first established back in 1996, it has provided the compliance management rules that offer protection for patients and their medical information. Technology has begun to play a growing role in all industries, including medicine. Particularly with the novel coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine has become an increasingly popular option. It offers patients the chance to meet with doctors from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
With more and more medical information being transmitted over the internet, however, the threat of cyberattacks has become more prominent. Criminals target healthcare facilities and patients, stealing highly confidential information. Data ranging from sensitive identifying information to medical histories are at risk. Understanding compliance management and patient protection have never been more important.