NIST Releases Final HIPAA Security Rule Guidance

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (“NIST”) has released the final version of its guidance on the HIPPA security rule.  It had previously released a draft version of the guidance.  Although the guidance is intended for use by federal agencies, it can also be used by private physician groups and hospitals on a voluntary basis.

                 The guidelines provide a comprehensive explanation of the security rule and give a structured, but flexible, framework for choosing, specifying, employing, and assessing the security controls in information systems of covered entities and their business associations.

                 The NIST guidelines are a helpful tool for both federal health care agencies and the private sector and can be accessed at:

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