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The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates the protection and confidentiality of patient medical information. In 2009, the Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act put teeth into HIPAA by holding doctors, dentists, medical offices and hospitals responsible for breaches of confidentiallity in the handling of patients’ electronic medical records (EMR).
How to stay current on HIPAA and HITECH
Updates to HIPAA and HITECH regulations are expected to keep occurring for years to come, which is why it’s imperative to hire a data security company that will stay current with the law. A HIPAA or HITECH breach could be a PR nightmare. Fines are assessed according to four tiers of rising culpability as defined by HITECH, with data breaches involving data outsourced to third parties being the most costly.
JUSTEK can secure your network and review operational procedures to make sure EMRs are properly secured and backed up, even if being accessed by health staff via smart phones and tablets. Mandated backups, email security, and proper support for EMR software are part of our package of HIPAA/HITECH services.
Whether your practice has direct patient contact or is a third party contractor, our goal is to keep you safe. Contact us today for a confidential evaluation. We’ll present a clear plan for HIPPAA and HITECH compliance with costs, timelines and options.