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The University of Chicago Medical Center HIPAA Privacy Program is committed to fostering a corporate culture of ethical behavior and integrity in all matters related to compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.  HIPAA sets standards for the privacy and security of health data.  In addition, HIPAA establishes national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employees.

The HIPAA Privacy Program within the Information Security Office has been established to support the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Biological Sciences Division in its HIPAA compliance efforts. 

The role of the HIPAA Privacy Program is to further the mission of the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Division of the Biological Sciences by serving as a resource to the institution and its patients. The HIPAA Privacy Program utilizes a variety of methods and initiatives to keep the workforce informed about privacy and security obligations and best practices including:
  • Monitoring all HIPAA requirements ("Rules")
  • Developing HIPAA Privacy and Security policies
  • Creating guidelines and procedures that make our HIPAA policies easier to follow
  • Conducting ongoing workforce education and awareness activities on HIPAA Privacy and Security practices/principles
  • Initiating ongoing auditing and monitoring activities