Please be advised that the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security standards is a very long PDF document (289 pages). It is the text of the "final Rule adopting HIPAA standards for the security of electronic protected health information to be implemented by health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers." The text will also be available in today's Federal Register. The rule takes effect April 21, but compliance by most institutions is not required until 2005. See this article, Patient info practices change, for background on how the new rules will impact hospitals.