The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) were enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. HIPAA is designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information supplied to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other healthcare entities.
The law covers three areas:
- Privacy of medical records, regardless of media type
- Security of protected health information (PHI) in electronic form
- Administrative simplification of electronic data
Information security considerations are involved throughout the HIPAA rules and in particular play a major role in the Privacy Rule. This rule serves to help protect personally identifiable information (PII) as it moves through the healthcare system. Healthcare organizations, including providers, payers and clearinghouses, must comply with the Privacy Rule.
Extending HIPAA’s coverage, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 addresses third-party access to PHI, increases compliance obligations and strengthens enforcement penalties.
Importance of Adhering to HIPAA Compliance
To help healthcare organizations comply with HIPAA, security standards have been created to help organizations protect personally identifiable information (PII). These standards encompass administrative procedures, technical security mechanisms and services, and physical safeguards. Security standards compliance and overall HIPAA compliance outlined by the Act is imperative to the ongoing business operations of healthcare organizations. Failure to comply may not only result in regulatory actions, such as fines, but also loss of business, damage to reputation and loss of the public’s trust.
HIPAA security compliance and privacy compliance
Zensly’s HIPAA security compliance measures when implemented will:
- simplify the administration of health insurance claims and help manage the costs associated with those claims through the use of national standards
- give patients more control over and access to their medical information
- protects individual identifiable health information from any kind of threats of disclosure through the setting and enforcing of standards
- improve efficiency in health care delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange (EDI)
Zensly HIPAA Solutions
- Security assessment to identify gaps in the current security posture of the environment
- Security policies to help mitigate the risk of PHI exposure
- Data Loss Prevention allows you to discovery where personal information is stored
- Encryption of PHI and other sensitive information as required
- Network Access Control safeguards your perimeter and enhance endpoint security
- Security awareness training and education educates your staff and third parties