What Your MSP Should Know About HIPAA Compliance

The complexity of healthcare service demands robust technical infrastructure. Advances in patient treatment, research, diagnostic tools and even predictive analytics and AI have pushed technologies available to healthcare providers, which means that these organizations turn to expert providers to give them new tools and features to revolutionize their patient care models. This increased reliance on Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) or a Managed Service Providers (MSP) means that these organizations must rely on HIPAA-compliant technologies, which means counting on HIPAA-compliant vendors to provide them.

Here, we discuss why HIPAA compliance is so important to MSPs, and why MSPs must not only be compliant but work with security experts and compliant partners as part of their operations.

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HIPAA Rules: The 3 Aspects of HIPAA Compliance and Their Impact on Businesses

HIPAA Rules

HIPAA compliance can be one of the most challenging tasks a company undertakes, and failure to comply is the most impactful and punitive in terms of fees and penalties. Many new organizations getting into  compliance might, in turn, feel overwhelmed by the requirements of the framework and the three primary HIPAA rules.

Here, we’ll breakdown the basics of HIPAA compliance for new organizations and what they need to think about in preparing for a compliance strategy. 

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HIPAA Compliance and Telehealth

HIPAA Compliance and Telehealth

One of the many changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic may be the permanent expansion of telehealth. According to a recent study, the US telehealth market is expected to witness an 80% year-over-year growth in 2020. Numerous video communications services exist, not all provide sufficient privacy and security to facilitate the provision of health care (and HIPAA compliance). While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the division charged with enforcing HIPAA, has provided some flexibility during the pandemic, at some point, it is reasonable to assume that OCR will again raise standards.

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