Kaiser Permanente, the Oakland, Calif.-based staff-model HMO, will us an Internet-based system to train all staff members about HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which creates federal privacy rights for personal health information and is scheduled to take effect in April 2003. The HIPAA "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information" are intended to ensure patients that the privacy of their medical records is secure, and to ensure that ...

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