Why was HIPAA required in 1996 to supplement the existing Privacy Act regarding the confidentiality of patient health information?

The Relationship Between HIPAA and Electronic Medical Records

Write a 1,500-word essay addressing each of the following questions. Be sure to completely answer all the questions for each bullet point. There should be four sections, one for each bullet below. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Support your ideas with at least three (3) sources in your essay. Make sure to reference the citations using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page do not count towards the minimum word amount. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.

Investigate the relationship between HIPAA and Electronic Medical Records to answer the following questions:

  • Why was HIPAA required in 1996 to supplement the existing Privacy Act regarding the confidentiality of patient health information?
  • Why was 1996 considered the initiation of Electronic Medical Records?
  • Why were the HITECH Act of 2009 and later provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 required to supplement HIPAA in reference to Electronic Medical Records?
  • Reflect on your future (or current) career in healthcare and discuss several ways that explain how you will ensure HIPAA, HITECH Act, Affordable Care Act, (and other) compliance of protected health information with EMR systems.

Assignment Expectations:

Length: 1,500 words; answers must thoroughly address the questions in a clear, concise manner

Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA style. These do not count towards the minimum word count for this assignment.

References: At least three (3) sources are required with appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions

Format: Save your assignment as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), or Open Office (.odt)

Filename: Name your saved file according to your last name, first initial, and the week (for example, “jonesb.week1”)