Are You Compliant With HIPPAA?

Are You Compliant With HIPPAA?


Keeping your business’ and customers’ data safe is absolutely essential. If you are in the healthcare industry you know there is no exception to the strict standards and regulations. To be HIPAA compliant you must fulfill many components, if these components are not satisfied you run the risk of facing the unbendable penalties that come as a result of any violations.

What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is short for The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, HIPAA incorporates several rules: the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the HIPAA Security Rule, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, all of which are dedicated to the protection of individually identifiable health information.

If your company is storing any sensitive patient information or health records, you need a HIPAA-compliant datacenter that adheres to all the requirements the HITECH Act sets forth. The HITECH Act serves two primary functions: To encourage the healthcare industry to make better use of Health Information Technology (HIT); and to strengthen the rules designed to protect the security of health related data. HITECH determined two main goals:

1.  Establish standards so that electronic health records are inter-operable.
2.  Develop a national network for providers to share electronic data.

HIPAA requires a contingency plan. This must include a data backup plan, disaster recovery plan, emergency mode operation plan, testing and revision procedures, and application and data criticality analysis. This is extremely important because HIPAA standards protect the availability, confidentiality and integrity of protected health information (PHI). Your infrastructure is tied directly to the availability, confidentiality, and integrity- everyone is required to have an electronic health record (EHR).

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