Whether you’re a healthcare provider, developer of a healthcare mobile app/software, or assisting with the transition of patient data- it is important to stop and ask yourself this question: “Is my business compliant with HIPAA?”.
While your organization may be doing its best to protect sensitive data and health information, unless you hire a HIPAA Compliance Expert you can never be too sure.
What happens if you violate HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or more commonly known as HIPAA, aims to hold organizations and healthcare providers accountable in safeguarding patient data. Breaking HIPAA rules can lead to termination or cause you to face criminal charges including fines and imprisonment.
Between the civil and criminal penalties the charges can lead to fines as large as $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison depending on the violation. Suspension and loss of license is a possibility as well.
How do I know if I am HIPAA Compliant?
Staying HIPAA Compliant can be challenging, especially since HIPAA standards are constantly changing, requiring you to update your procedures, policies and for tech companies, software architecture.
A good starting point would be to use a HIPAA Compliant Checklist with a built in Risk Assessment and Compliance Auditing to identify if you are at risk — like the tool below: HIPAA Check — Risk Assessment Tool
How to become HIPAA Compliant
There are no shortcuts if you want to legally provide products or services to the healthcare industry. If you want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to protect patient data breaches, hiring a professional consultant would be the best idea.
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