The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets national standards for protecting sensitive patient health information in the United States. It requires healthcare providers, health plans, and other covered entities to implement safeguards to protect patient data and ensure privacy. For procurement and supply chain professionals in the healthcare industry, understanding HIPAA is essential to managing data protection and compliance risks. Adhering to HIPAA requirements ensures the security of patient information, builds trust with patients, and avoids significant legal and financial penalties.

For more detailed information, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.