Regulated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that established national standards to protect sensitive patient health information


There are four rules designed to keep PHI safe and secure, and to properly notify affected parties in case of a data breach: Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Omnibus.

HIPAA Violation

A HIPAA violation is the failure to comply with any of the standards outlined in the rules. Even after you’ve successfully completed an audit, there is a possibility that you may violate one of the HIPAA rules.