Study of the issues surrounding the use and disclosure of health information, including the standards for electronic health information security under the Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Topics include protected information; permitted uses and disclosures of protected health information; individuals' rights concerning their health information; safeguarding health information; why the federal government wants to protect the security of electronic health information; the approach to health information security taken by the proposed standards; physical safeguards; technical security; administrative procedures; and implementing the standards. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed.