One-third of health care business associates interviewed for a small survey were not aware that they now must adhere to the HIPAA privacy and security rules as if they were covered entities. The HITECH Act within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act significantly enhanced both rules.

But 85% of surveyed hospital I.T. executives said they would take steps to ensure business associates do not breach patient data. And 47% of the hospital executives said business associates that violate the rules would have their contracts terminated. Many surveyed business associates were unaware that their hospital clients may be increasing oversight.

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