HIPAA compliance requires that all ePHI transmitted or stored must be encrypted with strong, industry-standard algorithms and protocols to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of patient data. HIPAA is a healthcare industry legislation aimed at safeguarding patients’ sensitive health information. The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards for securing ePHI to prevent unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. While the HIPAA Security Rule doesn’t explicitly mandate the use of encryption, it does require covered entities and their business associates to implement appropriate safeguards to protect ePHI, which often includes encryption as a best practice.
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