Author: Kent Roberts

HIPAA Compliance for Counseling & Coaching Services

While counseling and coaching services may seem to fall outside of the realm of traditional healthcare, they often fall squarely in the realm of mental health and are therefore subject to HIPAA requirements. Knowing whether these services fall under HIPAA regulations can be tricky, and it’s important to understand your responsibilities in protecting patient health information (PHI).

Below, we explore HIPAA compliance requirements for mental health services, such as coaching and counseling, and how you can ensure compliance.

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Microsoft OneDrive for Business or Google Drive for HIPAA Compliance?

File sharing is crucial to the ability to leverage the cloud and to safeguard files while controlling and sharing them. It also makes it possible for your personnel to be able to get to their files wherever they are.

For healthcare organizations looking to adopt a file sharing service, the most important consideration is to select a service that prioritizes the security that is necessary to deliver HIPAA compliance. Two of the prominent file sharing options for general storage are Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Google Drive. However, when using a third party to file sharing for your healthcare organization, it means that you are placing trust in a business associate to protect highly confidential and sensitive patient data – you need to be able to maintain HIPAA compliance.

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How to Run an Online Business While Ensuring HIPAA Compliance

Many online businesses in the healthcare sector struggle when they consider how to fully integrate compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Understanding the parameters of the Privacy and Security Rules, key elements of the healthcare law related to patient records, is helpful to moving forward conscientiously. Specifically, reviews can often be difficult and deserve special consideration, as indicated below.

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How to Prevent a HIPAA Data Breach

Kent Roberts October 28, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

In early October 2017, Henry Ford Health System announced that it had been hacked and that the records of 18,470 patients had been stolen. On July 25-26, Arkansas Oral Facial Surgery Center was infiltrated by a virus that blocked the practice from being able to access images, files, and notes related to 128,000 patients. In September, Augusta University Medical Center announced that fewer than 1 percent of its patients’ records were stolen during a breach; however, this attack was the second phishing effort to work against the healthcare provider in just 5 months. These are just three of the most notable healthcare data breaches that occurred in 2017.

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Can Drupal Websites Be HIPAA-Compliant?

Kent Roberts September 17, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Any companies using Drupal, especially those that are within regulated industries such as healthcare, have to be diligent and proactive about installing any patches in order to maintain security. By using HIPAA-compliant managed services through a host with a strong healthcare background, you will be able to benefit from infrastructure that is engineered to guard against any security incidents and HIPAA violations; you will also be able to have someone pay attention to security updates when they are released so that your site is patched right away. Improving the password needs of the system and encrypting the web forms that are submitted by users are steps you can take yourself to ensure there is full HIPAA compliance within the software layer.

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Do Healthcare Surveys Need to Be HIPAA Compliant Too?

Kent Roberts September 5, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

One of the biggest challenges for doctors, hospitals, insurance carriers, and any other organizations handling patient data is HIPAA compliance. Compliance with HIPAA, short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, can get particularly tricky for these organizations when it comes to communicating with patients and gathering feedback. For instance, these organizations must use HIPAA-compliant email, messaging, and patient reviews, which must be compliant but are often a source of violations.

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HIPAA Compliant Hosting for a Web Application: 8 Questions to Ask

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act is the first consideration for any conscientious healthcare organization when considering infrastructure for a web application. After all, they need to know that any protected health information (PHI) – that is, health information of individuals that is protected by the US government through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – is secured when it is stored, processed, or transmitted through the hosting service. HIPAA rules relate to data handling regardless of the party performing the handling; nonetheless, there are questions that you will specifically want to ask when you set up hosting for a web app, or for anything else.

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Can MongoDB Be HIPAA-Compliant?

When you consider a HIPAA compliant database for storing protected health information (PHI), you may wonder if a NoSQL solution such as MongoDB is a strong choice. If using MongoDB, you can take steps to make sure your database stays compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) – both in choosing the right flavor of MongoDB and understanding its security features.

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Seismic-Compliant Data Center Requirements

Kent Roberts August 9, 2018 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments

A Long Beach hospital that nearly reached 100 years in operation had to shut its doors because it was built on an active earthquake fault and is incapable of meeting state-mandatory seismic safety law. The hospital, Community Medical Center Long Beach, sent the city notice to end the lease in four months at the beginning of March, taking effect on July 1st. Earthquake research performed in November discovered an active fault beneath the 200-bed hospital.

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