The HIPAA is designed to protect the privacy of individuals’ health information. The Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, in part, to strengthen the HIPAA rule and notification requirements in the case of a breach.
But information collected by various health departments, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) is typically “confidential,” not “anonymous.”
“Confidential” denotes identifiable information linking you to the subject matter, but which will not be disclosed.
“Anonymous” refers to the existing subject matter that cannot be linked back to you.
Using the South University Online Library or the Internet, research about HIPAA and the HITECH Act to find out how they protect health information of individuals. Based on your research and understanding, provide answers to the following questions: