HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was passed by congress to become the law in 1996. The goal of HIPAA is to safeguard PHI (Protected Health Information) from any unauthorized access to protect patient privacy. PHI is basically patient information which under HIPAA is protected by the Federal Government. In the IT world, HIPAA most often refers to the Security portion of the HIPAA rules. The security rule includes a series of guidlines and regulations which provides security provisions to ensure data privacy and protects patients’ medical information.
The short answer is if you work in any healthcare capacity (i.e. Optometrists, Dentists, all MDs, etc.) you need to be HIPAA compliant. You are a “Covered Entity” according to HIPAA if you are a:
Any business (i.e.Billing Services, Accounting, IT, Insurance Companies etc.) handling Protected Health Information (PHI), which is basically any patient information, is required to be HIPAA compliant as well. It used to be that only “Covered Entities” have to be HIPAA compliant but since the HIPAA Omnibus Rule went into effect in 2013, business associates must be HIPAA compliant too.
As a Certified HIPAA Compliant IT Support Service Provider in Orange County, we provide full service HIPAA Compliance package which includes a thorough HIPAA Security Risk Analysis. Unlike many IT services that call themselves HIPAA Compliant we start by a thorough physical walk through of your offices to pick up any physical HIPAA violations which may exist in your office. We then perform a full internal and external network vulnerability scan to see if there are any security weaknesses. We gather all the information in our data analysis and we create a series of detailed reports. We put this into a risk analysis binder and give it to you in both in physical and digital form. We put together a plan of how to get your office to becoming completely HIPAA Compliant and put it into your binder. We can also help you to create a Privacy Policies and Procedures Manual for your office. These are some of the fundamental HIPAA requirements, we simply do it for you.