The audit program is an important tool to help assure compliance with HIPAA protections, for the benefit of individuals. For example, the audit program may uncover promising practices or reasons health information breaches are occurring and will help OCR create tools for covered entities and business associates to better protect individually identifiable health information. Concerns about compliance identified and corrected through an audit will serve to improve the privacy and security of health records. The technical assistance and promising practices that OCR generates will also assist covered entities and business associates in improving their efforts to keep health records safe and secure. During the audit process, OCR will continue to accept complaints from individuals and to launch compliance reviews where warranted; covered entities and business associates’ compliance obligations remain in full effect.
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