ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)

A federal law that was designed to allow portability of health insurance between jobs. In addition, it required the creation of a federal law to protect personally identifiable health information; if that did not occur by a specific date (which it did not), HIPAA directed the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to issue federal regulations with the same purpose. DHHS has issued HIPAA privacy regulations as well as other regulations under HIPAA.

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