HIPAA Key Dates and Creation Timeline

Since it was enacted in 1996 by the United States government, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has enforced strict penalties for organizations who fail to provide data privacy and provisions towards safeguarding medical information. More specifically, it demands that the Department of Human Services and Health in the U.S. (HHS) create regulations that protect both the security and privacy of health information. In order to make these regulations more manageable by both government and private organizations, HHS published the HIPAA Security Rule and HIPAA Privacy rule. However, sometimes this act can be split up into four different rules;

  1. HIPAA Privacy Rule
  2. HIPAA Security Rule
  3. HIPPA Enforcement Rule
  4. HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

Below we've listed all of the most important dates involved in the creation, development, and enforcement of HIPAA as a whole, the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the HIPAA Security Rule while including important links to each date from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.