Rural hospitals in this study recognized the importance
of ensuring the confidentiality of patient health
information, and have made substantial progress in
achieving compliance with HIPAA privacy standards.
Although these rural hospitals were using the flexibility
afforded to them under HIPAA to develop common-sense
approaches, each recognized that additional work will be
required to effectively secure patient privacy,
particularly as technology and the need for information
advance. A policy brief is also available. Report
available on request by contacting the Center.