Developers and HIPAA

Cloud computing

Developers need better guidance around cloud storage/computing and the Security Rule. Client-server architecture is no longer relevant in many cases. Health technology companies are typically now 100 percent cloud-based. Many clients are doing some type of data analytics work, or offer cloud-based EHRs and medical devices. HHS should provide good guidance for companies that are cloud based and virtual. Most companies... more »

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Is a BAA required with SMS service

If my provider is communicating PHI and non-PHI with patients through a 3rd party SMS service, such as Twilio, would my provider be required to sign a BAA with an SMS service company or such a company be classified as a conduit? We are sending encrypted data to the SMS service which is then sending unencrypted SMSs to patients. Patients can then potentially respond to those SMSs via unencrypted SMS which would be directed... more »

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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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Unencrypted Text without PHI?

Can a provider, or business associate acting on behalf of a provider, send an unencrypted text or email to a patient if the initial message does not contain protected health information and the patient requested the communication? If so, can the patient give the provider consent to use a third-party mailing service, even if the provider (or business associate of the provider) does not have a business associate agreement... more »

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HIPAA Program Compliance Manger

This was addressed on your old FAQ page for a number of years and it seems to have disappeared. Can "open format" postcards still be used to remind patients of upcoming appointments as long as HIPAA's minimum necessary standard is observed? Something like, "Dear Sue, We would like to remind you of your upcoming appointment on Tuesday, September 12th at 2:20 pm"?

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Data Recording

I am a student creating an app for school project. I was wondering if I have to be HIPAA compliant. I am creating an app, where diabetics can store their glucose and calculate insulin dosage. None of the information will be sent to hospitals or physicians. How would HIPAA work in this case? Thank you ahead.

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Health Information Systems and HIPAA Compliance

We're a non profit organisation seeking to deploy an open-source health management application for use. We classify as a Business Associate as we provide services for a health care provider under HIPAA. We urgently need to know what exactly are the requirements a health information system needs to meet in order to satisfy HIPAA. It would be helpful to know if there's some document or checklist to work with. We'd also... more »

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Connected Device Maintenance via App

A physician provides their patient with a medical device (like a CPAP or Glucose Meter). The company that created the medical device wants to monitor the maintenance of the machine. All of the information collected by the device that is sent to the physician is covered under a business associate agreement. Can the company that created the medical device receive information about the maintenance/operation of the device... more »

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Developers have full access to production phi at all times.

We are a small company but have our software in over 100 large hospitals. Our developers have full read-write access to all data in the production environment from the day they start (all environments actually). We also have un-encrypted / un-scrambled data in our stage and our certification environments. Each developer has 2 domain accounts, both have full read-write access to all data, an administrative account allows... more »

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