Patient Portals and the HIPAA Security Rule

Healthcare providers frequently allow patients to access their electronic health records (EHRs) through a patient portal. Online patient portals allow patients to view their medical records, schedule appointments, and even request refills of prescriptions, anywhere the patient has access to the Internet. Patient portals contain information that constitutes electronic protected health information (ePHI) under the HIPAA Security Rule. ePHI is defined as any protected health information (PHI) that [...]