BIS/220 Introduction to Computer Application and Systems
Technology is changing so much around us, sometimes it hard to keep up. Making sure that our families and our self are covered is a big worry of most people. In ways to help the government has established acts put in place to protect everyone from a wide range of things, from ethical issues to fraud. The two that I find to be very important are, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), established in 1996 and Children’s Internet Protection Act, established in 2000.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established in 1996 was put into place to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to health care delivery, promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify the administration of health insurance, waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and for other purposes. Cutting down the sharing of health information was a big deal, the privacy laws were not strict enough and there were loop wholes that people were getting through. With the process of setting codes in place so the un educated person couldn’t read someone’s health records also for security insurance issues.
With the constant changes in technology it puts my head at ease to know there are acts in place to protect myself and my family. I could just imagine how easy it would be to find out all this information if the act wasn’t in play. The Children’s Internet Protection Act is another one that I think is very important. The act was put together to limit the access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. The schools libraries are required to certify that their safety policies and technology in place before receiving E-rate funding. E-rate funding is for public schools libraries, helping provide computers, books and any other resources needed by the students attending the…