HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It is United States legislation which acts on implementing data privacy and security measures to safeguard medical information. This act is especially important due to the increase in health data breaches from cyber attacks. The fundamental goal of HIPAA is to make it easier to maintain health insurance, and ensure confidentiality and security of healthcare information
Implementing HIPAA from a compliance perspective requires several
details to be addressed in an effective and methodical manner.
TechForing has the required expertise to help you acquire HIPAA
compliance and follow essential HIPAA mandates.
We help you with HIPAA compliance in a step by step manner as described below:
We help you identify your classification under HIPAA in terms of a covered entity or business associate. Covered entities include:
Business associates do business with covered entities or deal with protected health information. We help in identifying and classifying based on HIPAA definitions.
PHI stands for Protected Health Information, which can include anything in the patient health record. As part of HIPAA, it is crucial to identify PHI and maintain privacy regarding this data. Not all health data can be considered PHI and regulated by HIPAA. It must meet the following criteria:
We help you maintain the security and privacy of PHI.
Identifying the rules to be implemented plays a key role in HIPAA compliance. The rules are broadly classified as:
In all circumstances, unless the patient has approved of allowing disclosure of their information, the data privacy needs to be maintained. The data can be shared only in case of:
In every other case, data privacy needs to be maintained and we help you with this
NPP stands for Notice of Privacy Practices. All practices need to provide patients with a Notice of Privacy Practices. Our team works with your organization to implement the NPP. The NPP must inform patients of the uses and disclosures of PHI that may take place, and also define the patient’s right to access and amend their medical information.
Access controls manage centrally controlled and easily accessible user record entries with usernames and passwords. This also includes a well-defined procedure to be incorporated to disclose information in case of emergency.
We help you place safe authentication mechanisms and monitor for situations of unauthorized access to data or alteration of information. Administrative Safeguards require practices to create and maintain updated policies and procedures. This also includes employees learning to follow procedures on how to safeguard the security of PHI. We train employees on their access rights and responsibilities with handling PHI. Essential items covered here include:
Technical safeguarding includes practices and procedures, along with the correct software and equipment to protect PHI. We help you incorporate these changes and allow PHI access only to those who are authorized. Other areas included are:
One of the core components of HIPAA compliance is traceable audit logs. This helps to safeguard private information and register all transactional details. We help you identify the most secure way to handle and access PHI, and maintain isolation levels, while handling health-related sensitive data by an authorized user. All access must be monitored. Our team works towards achieving this for your organization.
HIPAA requires that every practice designates a HIPAA security and HIPAA privacy officer. These are individuals who lead the implementation and training of HIPAA requirements for your practice. We support training within the organization.
We incorporate these guidelines and provide immediate remediation based on HIPAA standards.
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