Developers and HIPAA

Developers and HIPAA

Data Masking in EMR

Data masking or controlled access provides a means for patients to control disclosure of select information within the EHR. http://www.nature.com/gim/journal/v10/n7/pdf/gim200876a.pdf Can patients request that access to sensitive data be controlled? Can patients request that only certain people can access their PHI? Can they request an audit of how their data has been shared by a covered entity? If so, do (or should)... more »

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Ransomeware Attack

I just heard that a practice in our area had a ransomware attack. Based upon their investigation their manager stated that the hacker did not get access to the PHI data and therefore did not need to report to patients or the Dept. of HHS. I question their judgement since I'm not certain if they can tell even tell if the only thing the hacker did was lock them out access to their patient PHI and didn't also create an... more »

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What part of the environment has to be compliant?

Does the entire environment need to be HIPAA compliant, or is it possible that the solution could fall into an exception to HIPAA, or can they use an API to store certain kinds of data? If you’re building modern technologies, you’re relying on a lot of third party (likely API) based services; mostly cloud based services. So which aspects of those need to be compliant?

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iOS keychains for saving pass/access token is HIPAA complaint?

I am building a mobile application to facilitate the patients and I am accessing the PHI through RESTful web apis.

I want to clarify one thing that I surfed a lot on google recently is, if I save patient's password or access token for re-authentication in iOS keychains, then may I consider this approach or this would be vulnerable to save the passwords in iOS keychains and violates HIPAA compliance act?

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HIPAA Requirements for data cabling

I am looking to find a HIPAA regulation that tells me whether or not a healthcare facility needs to have all TIA/EIA-568-B certified data cables. I know this would fall under data integrity, but I cannot find where in HIPAA that it states that best practice or industry standards must be met.

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What does "on behalf of a covered entity mean"

What triggers acting "on behalf of a covered entity", A, or B, or other? A. A covered entity uses your app (you are not paid or have signed a BA; they just go online and use it). B. Getting hired by them. We have an app that patients and providers use for chronic disease management. Does not integrate with EHR. Patients enter their progress and providers review it and can message back and forth. We think we are not... more »

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Desktop application for Videodermatoscopy

Godo morning, We are an Italian software house and we would like to commercialize our software for Videodermatoscopy in USA. Before that we would be sure that our software is HIPPA compliant because it stores patient's health information such as: name, surname, address, phone number, information about health status and specific information about patient's diseasies, photos of the patient and its mole, therapies, etc.etc.... more »

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When does a Patient Record(PR) become realized?

The topic came up in a planning session around the point in time when a PR becomes a PR. Let's say we are writing an app for first responders. If the user collects name, date of birth, and vital signs. Does the PR become legally protected as soon as the First name is collected, or is there some threshold of data size(fields, values, etc.) that indicates that the PR has been created in legal terms for HIPPA protection?... more »

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On Premise Interface Software Developer and Consulting and BAA's

I work for a software manufacturer that produces software that interfaces our customers various clinical systems to their EHR's and other applications. We do not store, maintain, transmit or manage PHI for our customers. We do configure their HIT interfaces that manage, transmit and modify PHI. Our technicians also routinely see PHI as they are helping customers troubleshoot issues and perform configuration changes.... more »

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HIPAA and FHIR

The introduction of FHIR to the 2015 CEHRT has opened the door for 3rd party applications to receive patient health information directly from an EHR without an agreement in place between the health care provider or the EHR vendor. Even though the patient has selected it, shouldn't the 3rd party app be responsible for the protection of the patient's health information and be held to the same standards as the EHR vendor?... more »

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Are CSPs that don't enforce ToS tacitly accepting a BA role?

I am a compliance consultant, seeing an increasing amount of concern from cloud service providers about customers/users sharing PHI via their platforms in clear violation of Terms of Service. (Depending on the platform, customers/users range from individuals to business associates to covered entities.) Specifically, the CSPs are concerned about whether allowing accounts in violation to remain active is somehow tacit acceptance... more »

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Sale of Data Collected by a Consumer Targeted App

We are not a covered entity or business associate. We are developing a direct-to-consumer app that tracks medication adherence. We want to de-identify the information the app collects to sell to third parties. Do we follow the same HIPAA de-identification processes that a covered entity or business associate would follow?

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