Is a company that provides encrypted cloud storage for a covered entity a BA if it does not have the encryption key and has no ability to access the IIHI?
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?
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?
A software company (e.g. a startup) develops an untethered PHR that is offered directly to the patient (consumer). The patient then authorizes PHR to "request" and "pull" (on behalf of patient) all records from all portals offered by healthcare provider EHRs (e.g. by Epic (MyChart), Cerner,...etc). The PHR gets access to all portals using logon credentials provided by the patient (e.g. patient provides all usernames and... more »
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 »
The scenario is this: A private health clinic (PHC) signs up online to use a web-based EHR application to create patient charts, schedule patients, provide a patient portal, etc. - classic practice management tasks. The EHR vendor has a BAA with a company which hosts its web application and the encrypted database. My question is, what happens to the PHC's electronically stored ePHI if the PHC's account is cancelled and/or... more »
I'm a compliance consultant for early stage startups with tight budgets. I'm not sure how to advise them regarding BAAs for third-party services such as customer support ticketing that aren't meant to collect PHI, but may incidentally. (E.g. "[Covered entity] entered my profile information wrong and I don't know how to change it. It should say...") These subcontractors meet the NIST definition of a cloud service provider,... more »
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 »
I have a web application that allows a patient and a doctor to create an account. the patient can upload his medical history and associate scanned files to his account. the patient then selects a doctor within the web application and invites him to have a look at his case files. we are hosting this on a hipaa compliant environment under a BAA agreement. I am the only administrator who manages the system and I manage... more »
Is Skype or any other video chat app HIPAA-compliant? Which video chat apps can currently be used for telehealth treatment activities involving general physicians or involving mental health professionals?
Small companies and Business Associates are eager to meet their security requirements under HIPAA. Many smaller B.A.s have stated that they are unable to use the current security risk assessment tool because they believe it is needlessly cumbersome, redundant, and designed for Covered Entities. Do you recommend that Business Associates start to use private tools instead of the current tool for risk assessments? If so,... more »
A business associate provides no medical advice, medical services, medical devices, etc. But it talks to patients of the covered entity. Those patients tell the business associate what prescriptions they have for prescription drugs and when they must be refilled. The business associate faxes the refill request to the pharmacy. Does that make the business associate a covered entity?
Our EHR solution is partnering with another health related software company with a cloud based API product to provide additional solutions for providers. This is a seamless connection. Some PHI would be stored on the API cloud based system while our EHR would also store PHI either on the client server or the cloud. I have several questions. I am assuming that the business associate between our clients/providers... more »
From Kevin Wiggins, Saul Ewing: If a CE puts PHI on the Cloud and later terminates that Cloud as a service provider, there is inevitably some data remanence, thus leaving PHI on the Cloud. NIST Special Publication 800-80 addresses this by suggesting CEs use crypto-erase. What if the CE previously sent unencrypted PHI to the Cloud? Is it as simple as extending the protections of the contract to the information and... more »
Are there any specific requirements that we should keep in mind when putting together a solution to provide PHI to a customer via a chat channel? Would it even be feasible? Assuming customer is identified (previously registered or asked to provide dob or some personal information