Privacy And Patients: Having Patience With Change

Successful analysis of the rule will require time and attention from staff in virtually all departments in a health care organization that handle identifiable medical information. Because of its scope, the rule will affect virtually all areas in an organization. That’s because the rule requires the development of privacy protection procedures and the training of all employees to comply with the procedures.

HHS officials issued the proposed privacy rule because Congress failed to enact a national privacy law, authorized under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The proposed rule governs only the …