Developers and HIPAA

Developers and HIPAA

Logging Activity within an Application

In order to be HIPAA compliant, should all activity that occurs with in an app be logged, or should activity that exceeds the normal threshold be logged? For instance, users that access information in the application routinely during the course of their work day will evince a regular level of activity. The activity will indicate routine access of sensitive information. Should the log contain all of the users activity, ...more »

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Business associates (operates on behalf of/provides service to health care provider/health plan, e.g., an EHR vendor), General Public, Health plans or health care providers, Patients/Individuals/Consumers

What is your organization? : Developer working on homegrown apps within a health care setting

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Record, transfer and store mobile inbuilt sensor data

Hi, For a mobile chatbot health app that reads, transfers and stores (within and outside mobile phone in a cloud based server) sensor generated time series data of patients/consumers activities, events, etc.. which includes all data that can be captured by a mobile phone's, accelerometer, light, other sensors without patient/consumer intervention, can such sensor generated data be classified as personal identifiable information ...more »

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Business associates (operates on behalf of/provides service to health care provider/health plan, e.g., an EHR vendor), General Public, Health plans or health care providers, Patients/Individuals/Consumers

What is your organization? : Developer of Mhealth apps (not mobile medical apps), Small company, For profit, Your products send, receive, and/or view data/information to/from an EHR or related platform

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BA Contracts between 2 BAs providing services to CE

Is a BA Contract required between a BA providing PHI to another BA of a CE? (for example, a CE requests their EHR vendor to send PHI to a data analytics firm OR a CE requests a data analytics firm to send PHI to another vendor doing work on the CE's behalf)?

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Business associates (operates on behalf of/provides service to health care provider/health plan, e.g., an EHR vendor), Health plans or health care providers

What is your organization? : Small company, For profit, Attorney/other compliance consultant

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does an online appointment scheduler need to abide by HIPAA?

I would like to know if I offer an online appointment scheduler to health care providers, would the system and I, as the programmer/manager need to abide by HIPAA or other related laws. Information included in the system would not be medical in nature; it would just be the clients name, appointment date and time, their email address and phone number. Possibly a credit card for deposits, but that's not the concern. The ...more »

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Health plans or health care providers

What is your organization? : Software developer not specific to health care

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App Customization

A consumer focused app receives a request from one of its users, a hospital, for a customization of the product. The customization is created in response to the user request and treated the same as other requests. The app developer then makes it available to their entire user base, not just the requester, and no fee is paid. Does this make the app developer a business associate of the covered entity?

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Business associates (operates on behalf of/provides service to health care provider/health plan, e.g., an EHR vendor), Other, General Public, Patients/Individuals/Consumers

What is your organization? : Small company, Trade association

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Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Notice of Privacy Practices

If a patient acknowledges receipt of a Notice of Privacy Practices when admitted to a Hospital, does the Hospital-owned outpatient pharmacy using the same electronic software have to provide a second Notice and obtain patient acknowledgement again? Can the original notice cover all outpatient departments under Hospital ownership?

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : General Public, Patients/Individuals/Consumers

What is your organization? : Health care provider or health plan, Not for profit

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PHI Data on Offline Devices

Remote devices may not have access to the internet at all times and therefore may be operating offline. Data must be stored on the devices until connectivity is restored. What is the protocol for PHI data storage on offline mobile devices?

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Health plans or health care providers

What is your organization? : Small company, Your products send, receive, and/or view data/information to/from an EHR or related platform, Software developer not specific to health care

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Are we HIPAA compliant distributed team.

We are a small startup team that is distributed nationwide. To date everyone has used their own personal computers to login into work email, etc. Is it a requirement that we purchase and make all of our employees use only their work computers for development and access to our db? It's understood that we need a robust password policies and defined lists of who has access to any sensitive data where ever they may be.

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Health plans or health care providers, Patients/Individuals/Consumers

What is your organization? : Developer of Mhealth apps (not mobile medical apps)

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Can HIPAA address patient generated data?

Developers need better guidance around patient generated health data, since HIPAA focusses on one-way data sharing from a provider/other covered entity outward to the patient/other entity. In the future, more and more data will be flowing in the opposite direction, and there should be guidance to clarify that HIPAA should not prevent the flow of information from the patient back to the provider.

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : General Public

What is your organization? : Government

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When is PHI de-identified?

We have developed a platform to facilitate the scheduling of transport/rides for patients to provider appointments. The process works as follows. The provider logs into a secure site, to schedule a ride to an appointment for a patient. The platform, at the appropriate time, sends formation to a rider service provider (someone such as Lyft, Uber, etc..) to schedule the transport. The information provide the transport ...more »

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Business associates (operates on behalf of/provides service to health care provider/health plan, e.g., an EHR vendor), Health plans or health care providers

What is your organization? : Developer of Mhealth apps (not mobile medical apps), For profit, Attorney/other compliance consultant

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Birthweights/Ages

Certain pediatric tasks require fairly precise ages, for example when evaluating jaundice one must know a baby's age in hours. What precautions are required to ensure that a birthdate cannot be inferred by usage data from an app that automates some of these tasks? For example, if a nurse enters in that a baby is 8 hours old, it seems a birthdate could be identified if the time of the nurse/app interaction was known. ...more »

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Health plans or health care providers

What is your organization? : Other

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EHR Role-Based Controls

What kind of limitations on role-based access does an EHR have to provide in order to comply with the “minimum necessary” standard? For example, if an employee only needs demographic or scheduling information to fulfill their job, does the EHR have to include mechanisms to prevent that employee from accessing other clinical information, or is having audit capability (combined with staff training and written policies) ...more »

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Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Health plans or health care providers

What is your organization? : Attorney/other compliance consultant

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