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Businesses must comply with privacy, security rules

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 7/15 3:16 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Using digital devices to store patient information is a growing trend in the medical field.

Last year, businesses were told they must also comply with HIPAA privacy and security rules.

Patients today are asking what can they do to keep their information safe.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, was crafted in 1996 -- federal standards to protect private health information.

With so much information stored on computers these days, a security expert says businesses, those in the health care, and those who support health care, must do their part to keep information safe.

Mike Semel, a nationally recognized information technology and HIPAA compliance expert, recently gave a presentation before Infragrad, a partnership between the FBI and vital community groups.

Semel's job is to make sure businesses are doing their part to protect their consumers.

“It's very difficult for an individual to do anything to make their physician secure their data other than to make the doctor understand that you feel it’s part of your patient care,” Semel said.

Compliance doesn’t necessarily equal security. Special Agent Brent Watkins with the local FBI says the lessons apply to all businesses. Hacking incidents constantly in the headlines give us a reason to be more proactive.

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