Filter by Category

New Protections for Patient Data Pressure Trading Partners to Get Compliant

Yet another layer of regulation has been added to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that offers even greater protection for healthcare patients' privacy, while also defining new rights regarding how they can access their health records.

meet HIPAA compliance regulationsThe biggest change is the expansion of HIPAA compliance requirements to include trading partners and third parties who also handle patient data, such as billing companies, contractors, and more.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that these third parties have been responsible for several significant data breaches which is one reason the responsibility for compliance has been extended to this group.

Penalties for violating HIPAA compliance rules will be assessed based on the determined level of negligence, and can go as high as $1.5 million per incident.

Other issues addressed with the latest additions to the HIPAA regulations include more clarity in defining which types of breaches need to be reported, as well as how patients will be allowed to access and interact with their health records electronically.

Need to meet HIPAA and HITECH compliance?


 

Comments (1)

  1. Linoma Offers January Webinars on DB2 Field Procedures and More:
    Jan 23, 2013 at 03:29 PM

    [...] the recently added rules for the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that now holds trading [...]

Add a Comment

Allowed tags: <b><i><br>

Latest Posts


Which is Better: AS2 vs. SFTP?

April 15, 2019

Over the last several months, we’ve compared many different file transfer protocols, including SFTP vs. FTPS and SFTP vs. MFT, and MFT vs. Dropbox for secure file sharing. Today, we’re…


Who’s Leading the Managed File Transfer Data Quadrant?

April 4, 2019

For most IT professionals, finding credible, third-party evaluations is critical when researching new software solutions. You want the most comprehensive, honest information you can find to help you…


PGP vs. GPG: What's the Difference?

March 28, 2019

PGP, GPG, GnuPG, Open PGP. These terms file under the same category but refer to slightly different things. If you’re wondering what they mean or what the difference is between them, especially…


16 Surprising Facts about Managed File Transfer

March 21, 2019

Whether you’re already using a managed file transfer (MFT) product or are evaluating your options, the many features and capabilities of MFT software will likely surprise you—in a…


Why You Should Never Use FTP to Transfer Cloud Files

March 7, 2019

The cloud has become an increasingly popular topic among organizations in recent years. From sharing projects via cloud collaboration tools to exchanging files between a company and its trading…