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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

What is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a US federal law helps protect the privacy and security of health information.  HIPAA requires our Stanford healthcare providers and Stanford University HIPAA Components (SUHC), as well as our business associates, develop and follow procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of protected health information.   

Parts of Stanford for example, Stanford hospitals and School of Medicine, are subject to the requirements of HIPAA, as they provide healthcare treatment, support healthcare operations, and transmit healthcare information.  Other parts of Stanford are not subject to HIPAA. 

Stanford has developed policies and procedures that establish administrative, technical and physical safeguards requirements to promote compliance with HIPAA and related legislation. The Stanford University HIPAA Privacy Policies are a subset of the broader Administrative Guide sections 1.6.1 and 1.6.2.


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