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HIPAA Compliance for IT

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.

What Types of Organizations Must 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:

  • Healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics, and doctors, if they transmit personal health information in electronic form
  • Health plans such as health insurance companies and HMOs
  • Healthcare clearinghouses such as billing services

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.

What's Involved in HIPAA Compliance for IT?

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:

  • Administrative safeguards such as regular risk assessments, documented IT security policies and procedures, and employee training programs
  • Physical safeguards that prevent unauthorized physical access to facilities, computers, and storage media
  • Technical safeguards such as logical access controls, data integrity controls, audit controls, and measures to ensure the security of data in transit

Layered Tech: The Efficient, Reliable Way to Maintain HIPAA Compliance for IT

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:

  • HIPAA compliant data center facilities and systems, ready when you are
  • Flexible service platforms and configurations, including various types of HIPAA-compliant secure cloud
  • Comprehensive managed compliance services, from identifying how HIPAA bears on your particular IT workloads to helping to ensure that your systems pass every HIPAA compliance audit

Learn more about Layered Tech can help you achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance for IT.

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