If you’re just starting out in the health care industry, or you just haven’t gotten the rundown, HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Essentially, the Act – which was established in 1996 – required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop regulations to protect the privacy and security of patient's health information.
It mandates industry-wide standards for the protection of medical and personal information for billing and other processes that require the storage or transfer of sensitive health information.
HIPAA is split into two rules:
HIPAA Privacy Rule
HIPAA Security Rule
As technology necessarily becomes more and more integrated as a tool of the industry, it adds a greater security risk for patient information, making the Security Rule the most pertinent for most health providers these days.
The HIPAA Security Rule exists as a bridge to allow health providers to explore and adopt new technologies, while minimizing security risks and ensuring that PHI is not available to unauthorized persons.
If you’re not a technical person, or you don’t have the time to create procedures and documents that are HIPAA compliant, we can help!
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, the consultants at 3 Pie Squared can help you ensure that you are HIPAA compliant.
We can also help with HR issues, payroll, insurance billing, insurance audits, website design, and programming.
We are multi-talented like that!
If you’re not sure that the servers you’re using to store patient information fit the bill, we can help you put the technical safeguards in place to make sure that they do. Or, if you’d rather, you can store information on our HIPAA compliant servers instead.