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For many organizations doing business in the healthcare sector, HIPAA compliance for IT is a must. Organizations whose IT operations fall short of HIPAA compliance may pay a steep price in fines, negative publicity, or even criminal charges. It's incumbent on HIPAA regulated organizations to ensure that they achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance for IT.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) identifies three categories of "covered entities" that must adhere to HIPAA privacy and security regulations:
With the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) in 2009, the requirement to meet HIPAA compliance for IT was extended to the "business associates" of covered entities. An example of a HIPAA-regulated business associate is a cloud service vendor that provides IT services to HIPAA covered entities.
In short, HIPAA compliance for IT requires covered organizations to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic "protected health information" (personally identifiable health data). To this end, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services mandates a series of safeguards required for HIPAA IT compliance, including:
For covered entities and business associates, having your critical systems and applications hosted by Layered Tech is a fast, efficient, and dependable way to achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance for IT.
Layered Tech is the leader in compliant hosting services and offers clients immediate and long-lasting benefits such as: