HIPAA Security Rule Requirements

What is the HIPAA Security Rule?

One of the primary designs of the HIPAA Security Rule is to protect privacy.  In the healthcare industry, personal, private, and sensitive information is collected and stored in a growing number of ways. This data must be protected according to the HIPAA Security Rule requirements.

Which professions must comply with the HIPAA Security Rule requirements?


Mental Health Professionals


Other Medical Professionals

Health Care Clearinghouses

Anyone Else Who Deals with Patient Data

How to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule requirements?

Cybersecurity compliance can seem like an intimidating task with a lengthy checklist. Becoming compliant has lured companies into assuming that they are prepared for cyber threats where, when an attack comes, they find their preparation and knowledge is often limited and falls short of where it needs to be.  As technology advances, so too do the methods and sophistication of the attackers.  Our team at Totem will assist you in identifying your architectural weaknesses and train your personnel how to identify threats, respond to attacks, report incidents, and maintain a secure and compliant environment. Cybersecurity compliance begins with education.  Let Totem’s Cybersecurity Planning Tool (our software for HIPAA security rule compliance) assist you as our team trains your to properly protect your business and make sure you comply with all of the HIPAA Security Rule requirements.

What are the HIPAA Security Rule Requirements?

HIPAA Security Rule Summary

Who is Governed by the HIPAA Security Rule Requirements?

The various methods of recording, transmitting, and storing data are all governed by HIPAA Security Rule requirements.  Whatever the medical industry, the HIPAA security rule requirements must be adhered to. As advances in healthcare technology advance, so too does the involvement that the patient has in his or her personal care, records, and interactions with the healthcare system. As more technology is introduced, the higher the cybersecurity risk and the more management and assistance is needed to ensure that compliance is achieved on every level of healthcare. Our compliance software will keep you up to date on any new changes to HIPAA Security Rule requirements. 

HIPAA Security Rule Summary of Data that is Regulated.

The HIPAA Security Rule regulates multiple areas of the healthcare industry from health insurance plans to patient information. Most areas of data collection within the system are now in an electronic form and under HIPAA standards, all parts of the system must be in compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule requirements.

HIPAA Security Rule Summary of Requirements?

The HIPAA Security Rule requires healthcare professionals to:

  • Reasonably protect patient privacy by setting up safeguards on all equipment, data storage devices, administrative software and computer systems, as well as proper cybersecurity protection.
  • Prevent unauthorized disclosure of private information.
  • Prevent unauthorized access to private information.
  • Remain compliant to the HIPAA Security Rule requirements within their employee organization.