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HIPAA / HITECH

If you are responsible for any data on patients and their health care, HIPAA applies to you. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability Act of 2002, regulates how health insurance policies can be transferred, but it also directly states how a patient’s personal data may be used, stored, and shared. This is a federal regulation, and maintaining compliance is crucial for your business.

Coupled with HIPAA is HITECH. HITECH stands for Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. In brief, this Act increases the duty of businesses that hold protected health information to not only properly store, use, and protect the data, but also to notify the appropriate parties if there is a breach of security in the data system. What this means for you is that you need to have your system secure and also have a plan in place to notify the appropriate parties if a breach occurs.

At Guidance Consulting, we know that staying in compliance is your top priority. We will work with you to:

Secure your private data Store this data properly Help you to make the data accessible only to people who need access to it Formulate a plan of action in the event of a breach Automate the notification system Keep you in compliance with the law

We understand that HIPAA and HITECH are complicated pieces of legislation, and that complying with them is important for your business and its reputation. We will work with you to form a plan that is tailored to your specific needs based on the data you use, store, and access. We are here to secure your data as well as to integrate technology efficiently into your business goals.