With the growing popularity of mobile devices in recent years, it’s no wonder that technology has filled in the gaps in all aspects of our lives. One area that relies heavily on electronic data transfer and storage is the healthcare industry. In order to get the treatments that we need, our doctors and other healthcare providers need to have our information, such as medical records, available as quickly and easily as possible–meaning that waiting for records to be mailed or faxed is too slow and could cost patients a timely treatment. Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (also known as HIPAA), there are restrictions on how our information is sent and accessed electronically in order to protect our privacy.
When HIPAA was initially conceived, the goal of the act was