Are you Dealing with Compliant Vendors?

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Most health care providers do not carry out all their health care activities and functions by themselves. The HIPAA Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities. However, it does allow providers to disclose certain protected health information to business associates. If a provider contract any services the provider must obtain assurances that the business associate will use the information for …

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Why Does HIPAA Compliant Hosting Cost More?

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Why does a HIPAA-compliant system cost more than a standard hosting environment does? The reason at a broad level is the need for extra technological “bells and whistles” – although they are by no means superficial. These additional features are necessary because of healthcare regulations, established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), that are focused …

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NueMD’s 2016 Survey Shows HIPAA Awareness is Increasing

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NueMD is a cloud-based medical billing service that administered a HIPAA compliance survey in 2014. The survey intended to gauge knowledge of regulations and compliance measures. In 2016, they issued a follow-up survey to evaluate the change in HIPAA compliance and awareness over time. The 2016 NueMD survey received 927 total responses, 86% from medical practices and 6% from billing …

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How to Audit Your Business Associates

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You as a covered entity (CE) must have realized by now that your business associates’ (BAs’) activities can jeopardize your organization, especially if you need to share PHI with them — in most instances you will need to do so. The extent to which it is shared as well as the limitations you put on their right to disclosure are …

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HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting: Baseline and Best Practices

Choosing a datacenter designed specifically for HIPAA compliant hosting is the quick path to compliance for your IT system. There are plenty of cloud providers out there that claim HIPAA compliance, but what they’re actually selling is business as usual IT with some HIPAA keywords in their marketing materials. This is a guest post written by Rebecca Santorios, VP of …

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Warning: HIPAA Audits Set to Increase in 2017

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We all have compounding daily, weekly and monthly tasks that get pushed back due to the fires you have to put out right now. But, eventually those seemingly insignificant tasks have to be addressed. This is a guest post written by Chad Kissinger, Founder of OnRamp. For many in healthcare and healthcare technology, preparing for phase II of the HIPAA Audit …

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On Amazon AWS HIPAA Compliance (and How to Get There)

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Amazon AWS HIPAA Compliance: How to Get There We field a ton of questions on Amazon AWS HIPAA compliance: is Amazon AWS HIPAA compliant? Can it be? No worries. We’ve got the answers here. Are you thinking about using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build applications that are compliant with the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? If …

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Why You Should Choose a HIPAA Compliant Fax Service

Why You Should Choose a HIPAA Compliant Fax Service

Introduction to HIPAA Compliant Fax Services: 5 Tips for Safety HIPAA compliance umbrellas everything done in your practice, and this includes having a HIPAA compliant fax system. Learn how to keep yours secure with these tips. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that covered entities, including health care providers and their industry partners, protect the privacy of …

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HIPAA Compliant Hosting Providers

HIPAA Compliant Hosting Providers

lu The Full List of HIPAA Compliant Hosting Providers The full list of HIPAA compliant hosting providers covers only the best HIPAA hosting providers, based on HIPAA compliance and pricing. If you are a covered entity according to the HIPAA laws and you want to run a HIPAA compliant website or application, you will be needing HIPAA compliant hosting. Please …

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HIPAA Compliant Email Providers

HIPAA Compliant Email Providers

What HIPAA compliant email providers do is turning an insecure communication method into something secure and potentially HIPAA compliant. On this page you will find the complete list of HIPAA compliant email providers. There are more email providers of course, but not all of them are capable of...

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What exactly is a Business Associate and why do we need an agreement?

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Think about any entity, or individual, you allow access to your patient information (or Protected Health Information – PHI) in order to facilitate their job. This could be anyone from an IT company, your practice management system, even your collections agency. Wouldn’t it be nice to know these companies are taking precautions to safeguard your patient PHI? This is exactly …

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NeoCertified Review – HIPAA Compliant Email

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This is a paid review performed by an independent writer, according to our guidelines. See full disclosure the at the bottom of this article. Let’s be frank. You’re probably not an expert on digital security or encrypted communication. You may not even know the difference between S/MIME and TLS (they’re encryption protocols, if you’re wondering)—let alone how to bring all …

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Onramp Review – HIPAA Compliant Hosting

This is a paid review performed by an independent writer, according to our guidelines. See full disclosure the at the bottom of this article. OnRamp Company Bio Founded in 1994, OnRamp saw humble beginnings as an ISP retailer in an Austin mall kiosk. Originally providing local businesses with dial-up, ISDN, and T1 connections, OnRamp quickly expanded their service offerings to …

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VM Racks Review – HIPAA Compliant Hosting

An abbreviation for “virtual machine racks,” VM Racks is a leading provider of HIPAA compliant hosting. Based out of San Marcos, California, the company is legally known as Etica, Inc. Started in 1997, VM Racks was one of the earliest forays into consumer-level hosting in the United States.

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