With all the healthcare breaches in the past few years it’s easy to blame HIPAA, the lone US healthcare data privacy regulation. I often hear complaints like “HIPAA is not specific enough” and “HHS isn’t even enforcing HIPAA.”

In light of HIPAA’s 20-year anniversary this month (to be specific, it was signed into law on Aug. 21, 1996), I’m going to share a brief history of HIPAA revisions over the years and my thoughts on the overall regulation as a useful driver for security.

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