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Why a HIPAA Risk Analysis is Essential to Achieving Compliance

Examples of Unintentional HIPAA Violations: Ensure You Don’t Make Them

Examples of Unintentional HIPAA Violations: Ensure You Don’t Make Them

Every healthcare organization wants to avoid violating regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). According to HIPAA, only staff involved in patient care, healthcare billing, and other critical processes should have access to patient health information (PHI). Additionally, these people should have only minimal access to private data. In other ...

A guide to HIPAA IT certification: 5 things you need to understand

A guide to HIPAA IT certification: 5 things you need to understand

In 1996, the federal government introduced the health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) to protect employees and their families from losing their health coverage when changing jobs. However, the legislation also has a secondary purpose, that being to protect the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI).

How to prepare for a HIPAA certification for IT professionals

How to prepare for a HIPAA certification for IT professionals

Healthcare information technology systems are a favorite target for cybercriminals. Protected health information (PHI) contains a wealth of valuable data that can sell for a lot of money on the dark web markets. Another common threat against healthcare services is ransomware, as organizations are more likely to pay ransoms to regain access to their data. On top of that, the sector is often viewed ...

What Is HIPAA Certification? Frequently Asked Questions

What Is HIPAA Certification? Frequently Asked Questions

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a set of security standards designed to safeguard protected health information (PHI) from being disclosed without the patient's knowledge or authorization. But since its inception in 1996, HIPAA seems to have led to more questions than answers. When HIPAA released its Privacy and Security Rules in 1999, the US Department of Health ...

HIPAA compliance requirements for IT teams: 5 essentials to remember

HIPAA compliance requirements for IT teams: 5 essentials to remember

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a complex law with a broad scope that was introduced in 1996 to make health insurance plans more transferable between employers, as well as to protect patient privacy. Compliance is mandatory for any organization that handles protected health information (PHI). In addition to healthcare facilities themselves, this includes all ...

HIPAA challenges of 2021: 6 ways the healthcare sector is responding

HIPAA challenges of 2021: 6 ways the healthcare sector is responding

As we start to turn the tide against the coronavirus pandemic after a year of public health dominating the news headlines, the world of medicine and healthcare is undergoing a greater and faster transformation than anyone could ever have anticipated. Digital health technologies are now accelerating at a breakneck pace as trends, like remote work and telemedicine, become deeply entrenched in the ...

HIPAA Privacy Rule: How Telehealth Is Affecting IT Regulations

HIPAA Privacy Rule: How Telehealth Is Affecting IT Regulations

Since the onset of COVID-19, healthcare providers have been dealing with the challenges of implementing protocols to protect their staff and patients from possible exposure to the virus. One particular problem that they had to overcome was how to do routine consultations and checkups — a dilemma that telehealth helped solve.

What is a HIPAA-compliant cloud? 5 ways to evaluate your IT services

What is a HIPAA-compliant cloud? 5 ways to evaluate your IT services

It’s hard to imagine any modern healthcare operator not making use out of cloud storage these days. The benefits of being accessible from any device in any location cannot be understated, but easier accessibility to legitimate employees and patients might also mean making things easier for cybercriminals too. Fortunately, there are many ways to mitigate these risks without having to sacrifice ...

Finding the Right HIPAA IT Support: 5 Things You May Not Know

Finding the Right HIPAA IT Support: 5 Things You May Not Know

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enforced more than 20 years ago, and it set standardized privacy and security rules for healthcare practices to follow to protect private patient information. But after all these years, many practices still experience difficulties complying with HIPAA standards. This is why for many practices, working with highly credible ...