Healthcare – HIPAA & HITECH Compliance

Healthcare compliance affects every type of healthcare provider and healthcare organization from the solo practitioner to the largest global healthcare conglomerate. Healthcare compliance covers numerous areas including patient care, billing, reimbursement, managed care contracting, and the privacy and security of health records and data.

Two key pieces of US Federal legislation define security compliance requirements for healthcare providers to protect data-at-rest.

  • HIPAA – The US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act (HIPAA) of 1996
  • HITECH – Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act, enacted as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

HIPAA sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed. This includes covered entities (CE), anyone who provides treatment, payment and operations in healthcare, and business associates (BA), anyone with access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment or operations.

The HITECH Act requires HIPAA covered entities to report data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals to HHS and the media, in addition to notifying the affected individuals. This imposes new notification requirements on covered entities, business associates, vendors of personal health records (PHR) and related entities if a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) occurs.

Zettaset’s advanced data encryption solutions can help healthcare organizations to protect PHR, secure PHI, and meet HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH compliance requirements transparently – without changes to operational processes and the daily work of healthcare professionals.

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