Author: Adnan Raja

Do I Need to Be HIPAA Compliant?

  • Who Needs to Be Compliant?
  • The Role of the Healthcare Clearinghouse
  • Interviewing Business Associates
  • Making Strong HIPAA Choices

Who needs to Be Compliant?

You need to be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act if you are a covered entity or business associate. Business associates are a catch-all group that includes any company performing a service for covered entities that exposes it to protected health information (electronic health records or other data). Covered entities include health care providers, health care plans, and health care clearinghouses.

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Cloud VPS vs. Traditional VPS vs. Private Cloud

Adnan Raja June 18, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

VPS Changing with the Cloud

A critical concern when exploring hosting solutions is deciding whether you want to go with the innovative, newer option or to stick with the traditional model.  Public Cloud Hosting has grown astronomically in recent years. Perhaps 2014 was the year that cloud graduated from test projects and startups to enterprise acceptance, with General Electric announcing that it was already running 90% of new applications through the public cloud.

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How to Become HIPAA-Compliant

One of the problems with our increasingly technological world is that the speed at which our devices and services upgrade and make older versions obsolete can be dizzying. It feels like only an instant before the latest smartphone or flatscreen TV is being replaced with the bigger, better, faster model.

The same holds true in the world of hosting, data information, and server management. And while it can be tough to keep up for any type of business, it’s crucially important if your company is involved with health care IT and has to maintain HIPAA Compliance.

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What is the HIPAA Security Rule?

The HIPAA Security Rule is a piece of the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. Here is a little information on the Security Rule and a security checklist so that your organization can quickly and effectively become compliant.

  • HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules
  • HIPAA Security Checklist
  • Get Help

HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules

In 1996, a few pen strokes (and a lot of political wrangling leading up to those pen strokes) made a huge impact on the American healthcare industry: President Bill Clinton signed the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act into law.

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What are e-Health Applications?

  • What is e-Health?
  • Practical Uses
  • Examples: Broad Types
  • Example: e-Health Application Hosting Story
  • Writing Your Own Story

What is e-Health?

Electronic health, shortened to either e-health or eHealth, is the electronic form of healthcare. The concept electronic health is often used alongside electronic health records (EHRs), as indicated by the national health programs of Australia and Canada. This idea is often discussed in the public sector as a method to improve population health, while the same agencies limit applications with patient privacy and security safeguards (such as HIPAA Title II).

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HIPAA API Explained – Should You Set Up an API for Your Healthcare App or Service?

  • HIPAA APIs and The Rise of HIPAA-Compliant Mobile
  • The Essence of HIPAA Compliance
  • An API as a HIPAA Compliance Tool

HIPAA APIs and The Rise of HIPAA-Compliant Mobile

Why set up a HIPAA-compliant API? The third platform of cloud-delivered mobile allows users to pull in data from various locations (whether stored anywhere online or locally) so that they are operating with real-time knowledge. Although all IT decisions must be particularly conscientious in healthcare both because of compliance and the acceleration of hacking, wearables and other smart devices continue to grow in popularity – and setting up a HIPAA-compliant API could help you protect patient health information while also providing authorized access to vital health data.

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What Is the Penalty for a HIPAA Violation? Can You Get Jail Time?

  • Example of HIPAA Violation
  • Legislative Basis
  • Consequences of HIPAA Violations – Civil Penalties
  • HIPAA Criminal Penalties – Can You Be Imprisoned?
  • Covered Entities & Individual People
  • “Knowingly”
  • Exclusion & Upholding the KLaw
  • Choosing a Compliance Partner

Example of HIPAA Violation

Those who follow Healthcare IT news will often see stories about large HIPAA settlements by the US Department of Health & Human Services, such as the $4.8 million HIPAA fines against Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital in early 2014. No situation is the same, and not all settlements will be as severe as that one. In the Columbia University case, PHI was actually posted to the public Internet, with patient files accessible directly through search engines.

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