Over the course of the last 15 years, we have found that
healthcare is the industry where our services are most in demand.
Today, we are going to look at the overarching regulatory framework
for healthcare: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,
commonly known as HIPAA.
This framework is built to identify the types of organizations, known
as covered entities, that handle Protected Health Information (or PHI)
and guidelines that must be implemented to protect sensitive patient information.
Covered entities have an obligation to protect the storage and transfer of PHI.
PHI can take both physical and digital forms.
While HIPAA is focused on patient privacy and has given guidance to health
care organizations, it has not been updated since 2013.
This leaves many organizations without the direct
guidance on some of today’s healthcare challenges.
This means the rules that a practice is bound by
may not provide comprehensive protection for your practice or patient information.
Understanding where and how your practice handles PHI is imperative
to protecting your patients’ privacy and staying compliant with HIPAA.
To learn more about how we help healthcare organizations, feel free to visit our
resource center — link below.