Importance of Following HITECH Compliance Guidelines

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Information about Importance of Following HITECH Compliance Guidelines

Published on February 17, 2014

Author: eGestalt



HITECH is an ungraded and improvised version of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) that was implementes in 1996. Since then, most healthcare institutions have been adhering to it.

Importance of Following HITECH Compliance Guidelines HITECH is an ungraded and improvised version of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) that was implementes in 1996. Since then, most healthcare institutions have been adhering to it. Congress initiated this act to secure the health insurance rights of workers that were outdated. HIPAA Concerns The main concern that HIPAA faced was the broad interpretation that was taken by several insurers and healthcare providers. This led to the unstable adoption by providers. People were not sure whether they were compliant or not. Furthermore, the needs were still far from being explicit and the enactments were very scarce. The introduction of HITECH compliance policy HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) was put in place in 2009 and made essential amendments to HIPAA. This act offers incentives for making use of electronic health records. It broadens the scope of privacy and security that in available under HIPAA. In addition to this, the penalty and liability for any kind of violation have been made strict and notification standards are made even stricter. Hence, it has also changed the liabilities and accountabilities of the Business Associates in the process. As per HITECH, any kind of security breach can be defined as “an unapproved access, acquisition, disclosure or use of secured health data. It compromises the privacy of the secure health information barring the case where an unauthorized individual to whom such data is revealed would not reasonably have been able to retain such information.” Therefore, according to this definition any security breach that divulges the patient’s confidential information would be subjected to serious results. Rigid penalties under HITECH compliance guidelines will help the justification of funding required for the security and compliance projects that otherwise might have been overlooked under undecided enactment under HIPAA. How to be HITECH compliant? Complying with HITECH guidelines might appear to be time consuming and a lengthy process. Companies specializing in IT compliance management solutions have made the process easier. They offer their users with solutions that need no investments on hardware or software. It can be executed fast and all back up requirements or technical assistance are taken care of. They can therefore enjoy all the services of new age compliant management solutions. It includes an in-built HITECH support that can be easily expanded and gets updated automatically. The data is saved in SaS 70 Type II secure data center and no electronic patient gets deleted from the client sites.

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