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YOUR PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT:

 

On the issue of online privacy, with an absolute commitment to Member confidentiality,
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applauds the safeguards HIPAA will provide. They are similar to our own strict standards for the management of Member-provided health care information. 

 

WHAT IS HIPAA?

 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") is a federal law designed to help protect your privacy and rights during the transmission of your personal medical records. 

 

IS RxScribe REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH HIPAA STANDARDS? 

 

According to the Office of Civil Rights, RxScribe is not defined as a "Covered Entity" but as a "Business Associate" and is bound by HIPAA guidelines for privacy compliance in that capacity. 

 

Who does HIPAA affect?

 

It affects companies that store and transmit protected health information in electronic form, which includes (but is not limited to) health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers. These organizations are referred to as 'covered entities'. 

 

It also applies to companies servicing customers in the health care industry and mandates that these "business associates" implement safeguards that reasonably and appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the electronic personal health information that they access on behalf of the covered entity. Business associates may include lawyers, debt collection agencies, transcription agencies, laboratories and so on. 

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to protected health information (PHI) in all forms (oral, written, and electronic) and addresses the use and disclosure of an individual's health information. It's aim is to assure individual's health information is properly protected and for individuals to understand and control how their health information is used (ie. ensuring the privacy of patient's health information).

 
 

The HIPAA Security Rule applies to PHI only in electronic form - essentially, patient's medical records and other personal health care information. It mandates that electronically stored or transmitted personal health information be kept confidential and protected against unauthorized users and any threats to its security or integrity (ie. safeguarding patients health information from unauthorized disclosure). The Rule is intended to set a minimum level or "floor" of security. 

 

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL INFORMATION DOES THE HIPAA PRIVACY RULE COVER?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to protected health information. Protected health information is health information that contains personal information like a name or Social Security number that reveals who the person is. 

 

HIPAA privacy requirements apply to protected health information in written, electronic or oral form. You could be individually identified from any of the following information: 

  • Name, address and phone number
  • Names of relatives and employers
  • Birth date
  • Email addresses and fax numbers
  • Social Security number
  • Medical Identification Number
 

HIPAA compliance?

 

HIPAA is not legislation that sets standards for computer applications functional capabilities. Like the international standard BS ISO/IEC 17799 Code of Practice for Information Security Management (which may have answers to most of the problems), it sets standards of behavior and requires the use of best practice. What you need to spend is related to what you can afford and the damage that might occur if it goes wrong. 

 

The issue is applying adequate security to your processes and treating patient data according to HIPAA privacy regulation. So the HIPAA requirements for a health care information systems is whether medical record privacy is adequately protected. Put simply, it means unauthorized eyes can't see it, it doesn't get misused, and those using it can be identified. RxScribe uses the most advanced technologies to ensure that our subscriber data is safe and secure 

 
 
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