Did You Know That “HIPPA” Is Actually Spelled “HIPAA?” Here’s What HIPAA Is

Know the difference between HIPAA and HIPPA and learn all about the US law that protects patients’ medical information.

Whenever you’re doing an online search about HIPAA compliance, it’s easy to make a typo and confuse “HIPAA” with “HIPPA.” Phonetically speaking, it’s also an easy mistake to make. Given the similarities, you may be asking yourself,  “What exactly is the difference between HIPAA and HIPPA?”

“HIPAA” is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This is a US law that protects individuals’ medical records and other important health information supplied to doctors, health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare entities.

Meanwhile, “HIPPA” is simply a typo, and at the moment, it does not represent any organization or law. When it comes to proper spelling, an easy trick to remember is “If it’s spelled similar to hippo, it’s incorrect.”

The good news is that, whether you spell it as “HIPAA” or “HIPPA,” you will always be directed to information about the US health law.

For more information on HIPAA compliance, feel free to read the following resources below:

4 Myths Surrounding HIPAA Certification for Hosting Providers

6 Things to Consider For HIPAA Compliant Web Design

How to stay HIPAA Compliant When Using Social Media for Healthcare

How HIPAA and Data Security Applies to Medical App Design

Now that we’ve gone over this common typo, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like further information about HIPAA Compliance.

John Deutsch is the founder and Chief Compliance Officer at Medical Web Experts. He is a seasoned executive with 18 years of healthcare IT business ownership experience specializing in HIPAA compliance, patient engagement, marketing, and software/web development. John was the product owner for the implementation of a mobile app, which was awarded the eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Patient Access & Convenience in a Medical Practice/Outpatient Facility. He has also appeared in podcasts like Outcomes Rocket and the Hospital Finance Podcast in addition to publications like Digital Health Buzz and Health Innovation Matters. John is also the founder and CEO of Bridge Patient Portal and Universe mHealth.

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