Many organizations are unsure if they need to follow the rules in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). You need a compliant site if you are handling electronic protected health information (ePHI), which is personally identifiable data collected during the course of the provision of healthcare.
When you need a HIPAA-compliant website, here are key concerns that should guide your efforts:
If you’ve been charged with implementing a HIPAA-compliant database and it’s your first time building a system that adheres to the healthcare law, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about where to start. The first step is to focus your efforts so you can move forward systematically in creating one. The below considerations will allow you to establish a database and protect it over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When securing access to sensitive IT infrastructure, professionals must consider what security authentication method is going to be implemented to protect the data and content stored within. With the prominent and growing concerns of cybercrime and internet security in the computing industry, a simple single-factor authentication process with a standard user name and password to access online accounts, computers, servers or even banking services is insufficient.
Nearly 50 years ago, the Virginia State Travel Service hit it big with its famous “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan. Ashburn, located in Loudoun County, Virginia, caters to a specific form of lover: tech professionals who love Ashburn’s access to what has been called “the bullseye of America’s Internet.”
A HIPAA compliant client portal must secure patient information – which is why a custom HIPAA compliant portal can be an especially delicate prospect. Below, we explore a recent request our sales team received for such a portal, and how to go about meeting the requirements for a HIPAA compliant client portal.
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.