The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is federal legislation enforcing:
The law was created to
Regulations supporting HIPAA punish individuals or organizations that fail to keep patient information confidential and include monetary fines of up to $1.5 million.
The New Mexico Department of Health operates under these principles:
Confidentiality: Protected health information (PHI) is accessed only by authorized people and processes.
Integrity: Processes for the transfer and storage of all PHI are secure, ensuring that information is not altered, destroyed or used/disclosed inappropriately.
Availability: PHI can be accessed as needed by an authorized person.