THE HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 1996
HIPAA was enacted to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system nationwide. A large part of HIPAA relates to how personal health information (PHI) is handled. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires that HIPAA-covered entities enter into business associate agreements (BAAs) with any third party that handles PHI.
Is your PHI encrypted? Are your access controls secure?
We will help you reach HIPAA compliance so you can be sure your health data is safe–and avoid being in violation and paying steep fines.
WHO MUST COMPLY?
Any organization that works in healthcare in any capacity and/or handles protected health information (PHI) must be HIPAA compliant. Health service providers, health care providers, clearinghouses, and their business associates need to follow a HIPAA compliance checklist to safeguard private and sensitive patient data.
To align with HIPAA guidelines, here are some of the rules you must comply by:
Sets national standards regarding patients’ rights to access their healthcare data. Calls for the protection of PHI by three types of covered entities: health plans, healthcare clearinghouse, and healthcare providers who conduct standard healthcare transactions electronically.
Sets national standards for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. This includes setting standards for computer and network access to PHI.
BREACH NOTIFICATION RULE
Sets standards for procedures and reporting that covered entities must complete in the event of a data breach. The two classes of breaches are minor (fewer than 500 individuals affected), and meaningful (more than 500 individuals affected).
Provides standards for the enforcement of the Administration Simplification Rules, which ensure consistent electronic communications across the nation’s healthcare system by mandating use of standard transactions, code sets, and identifiers. These operating rules are designed to further improve the efficiency of data exchange.
Limits HIPAA protections to 50 years after an individual’s death. This rule implements most of the privacy and security provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and significantly extends the reach and limits of HIPAA.
HERE’S HOW WE WILL HELP YOU PREPARE FOR A HIPAA REPORT:
We’ll answer all your questions and help you understand the cybersecurity practices for HIPAA and all the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo in your contract.
We’ll do a gap analysis to identify gaps in controls and procedures relevant to the HIPAA alignment.
We’ll formulate a roadmap that charts the initiatives and timeline necessary to mature your processes and procedures.
We Can Help!
Right Hand Technology Group is CompTIA Security Trustmark+™ certified and has been ranked as one of the top Managed Service Providers in the world. Our experienced staff of Cybersecurity Professionals and Security Engineers have been working with various industries on cybersecurity for more than 20 years.