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Email Providers that are HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA-covered bodies must guarantee protected health information (PHI) broadcast by email is safeguarded in order to prevent unauthorized people from intercepting messages, and many opt to use HIPAA compliant email providers to ensure proper controls […]

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Who Polices HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) brought in many new regulations for healthcare groups, but who polices HIPAA? Which federal departments are charged with making sure HIPAA Rules are adhered to by covered […]

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Release Form for HIPAA

A completed HIPAA release form must be received from a patient prior to their protected health information being shared with other individuals or groups, except in the case of standard disclosures for treatment, payment or […]

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The Signifigance of HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a landmark piece of data protection legislation in the USA. What is it that makes HIPAA so significant? What reform did HIPAA bring in and what […]

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HIPAA Compliance and Microsoft Azure

Does Azure comply with HIPAA? Can Microsoft’s cloud services be implemented by HIPAA covered bodies without breaching HIPAA Rules? Many healthcare groups are considering shifting some of their services to the cloud, and a large […]

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HIPAA and Patient Telephone Calls

The Federal Communication Commission has released a Declaratory Ruling and Order to state the rules in relation to HIPAA and patient telephone calls. Some healthcare suppliers have had difficulty understanding the rules in relation to […]

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Microsoft Outlook and HIPAA Compliance

Software or an email application platform can never be completely HIPAA compliant, as compliance is dependent on how the software is being used rather than the software itself. However, software and email services can make […]

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HIPAA Certification Explained

Many suppliers would like HIPAA certification to confirm they are fully compliant with HIPAA Rules and are knowledgeable with all parts of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but can HIPAA certification be […]

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Penalties for Nurses Violated HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules must be adhered to by all covered bodies and their business associates. If it is found that they do not comply […]

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How to Comply with HIPAA Password Requirements

HIPAA password requirements state that processes must be implemented for setting up, amending and securing passwords unless an alternative, equally-effective security measure is adapted. We feel that the best manner to comply with the HIPAA […]

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HIPAA Retention Requirements Explained

The small distinction between HIPAA medical records retention and HIPAA record retention can lead to some confusion when talking HIPAA about retention requirements. This article seeks to explain what records need to be retained under […]

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HIPAA and its Purpose

HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is an vital legislative Act that impacts the U.S. healthcare secor, but what is the purpose of HIPAA? Healthcare workers often complain about the limitations imposed by […]

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Responsibilities of a HIPAA Compliance Officer

The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act states that that an individual(s) within a Covered Entity or Business Associate must be assigned the duties of HIPAA Compliance Officer. The individual filling this role can be […]

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What is the Significance of HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a pivotal piece of legislation, but why is HIPAA so significant? What alternations did HIPAA introduce and what are the advantages that it allocate to the […]

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Liquid Web and HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare groups seeking a hosting solution may identify Liquid Web as a possible vendor, but is Liquid Web HIPAA compliant? Can its cloud management services be used by HIPAA-covered bodies for hosting applications and projects […]

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Social Media Rules and HIPAA Rules

HIPAA was established many years before social media networks such as Facebook were set up, so there are no official HIPAA social media rules; however, there are HIPAA laws and standards that apply to social […]

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HIPAA Compliance and eFileCabinet

As a document management and storage service for businesses, eFileCabinet  provide on-site and cloud storage. However, is the service appropriate for the healthcare sector? Does eFileCabinet adhere with HIPAA rules or will using it lead to […]

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Sharepoint and HIPAA Compliance

A web-based document management and storage system, SharePoint is one of the most popular leading collaborative services available, used by 78% of Fortune 500 firms. The service is relies on Microsoft’s OpenXML document standard and […]

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HIPAA Compliance and Yammer

Yammer is a freemium enterprise social networking platform used for private communication and collaboration within organizations since 2008. After a bedding in period Microsoft purchased the company in 2012. It has grown in popularity since […]

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WebEx and HIPAA Compliance

A web and video conferencing and collaboration platform, WebEx allows businesses connect with remote workers and partners as if they are working on site. Using utilities like WebEx, healthcare groups can interact quickly and easily […]

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Dropbox and HIPAA Compliance

Dropbox is a widely-used file hosting service operated by many organizations to share files, but what about protected health information? Is the service HIPAA compliant? Dropbox beleives it now supports HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance […]

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Penalties of HIPAA Violations Explained

In order to safeguard the Protected Health Information (PHI) of patients, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 placed a number of requirements on HIPAA-Covered Entities (CEs) . Furthermore, the act strictly controls […]

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The Use of E-Signatures Under HIPAA Rules

The following article considers the use, benefits and disadvantages of e-signatures in the healthcare industry, and whether they are compliant with HIPAA rules. The increasing utilisation of digital signatures in the healthcare industry increased the […]

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How Much Does HIPAA Non-Compliance Cost?

The Security Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) reqiores that all covered bodies put in place the appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to keep PHI secure. Failure to […]