Securing Healthcare Information


HIPAA Compliance

Don't get caught with HIPAA infractions, fines can cost practices thousands of dollars, or even more.  HCA maintains a technical capability to assist practices and make sure they stay HIPAA compliant.  Ask our reps for more information on getting compliant.  

The privacy of personal information, and of health information in particular, continues to be a
vexing issue in the United States. As more and more health information is computerized,
individuals express concern about their privacy and that they are losing control over their
personal health information. To help allay public concerns, federal rules governing the use and
disclosure of health information were promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule). While the HIPAA Privacy Rule does
not directly regulate researchers, it does restrict the manner in which health care providers may
use and disclose health information for health research.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule, 45 CFR Part 160 and Subparts A and E of Part 164, requires covered entities to have safeguards in place to ensure the privacy of protected health information, sets forth the circumstances under which covered entities may use or disclose an individual's protected health information, and gives individuals rights with respect to their protected health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records and to request corrections. Covered entities that engage business associates to work on their behalf must have contracts or other arrangements in place with their business associates to ensure that the business associates safeguard protected health information, and use and disclose the information only as permitted or required by the Privacy Rule.

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