Lately, we have gotten a lot of questions and concerns from customers about HIPAA compliance. Because security is a big piece of that and computers are central to the question, we are going to talk a bit about HIPAA compliance this month on our blog.
IT Companies Are Not Experts in YOUR Business
First, it is important to note that your IT company cannot be responsible for knowing whether or not your company needs to be HIPAA compliant. That is a regulatory & legal business matter, and we cannot keep track of all the regulations for every industry and stay on top of our own. We love helping businesses succeed, but we simply cannot know everything about every business.
That being said, you are REQUIRED to be some form of HIPAA compliant if you are a Health Care provider, a Health Insurance Provider, or some sort of Health Care Clearinghouse. For more information on what kinds of businesses and activities fit within those categories, check out the US government informational site on HIPAA regulations.
To be on the safe side, if you are in any health care related business, I suggest you contact an expert to see if you are required to be HIPAA compliant.
IT Companies ARE Technology Experts
Your IT Company can help you be HIPAA compliant if you tell them you need to be. Not every company is required to be HIPAA compliant and it costs a little more to have the proper security measures in place. In order to keep prices reasonable for everyone, a good IT company is not going to give you more than you need or want. That's why its important to have a relationship with an IT company that you trust.
Do you suspect your business might need to be HIPAA compliant? If so, please give us a call and we will be happy to talk to you about how we can help get your business HIPAA compliant technology.
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