HIPAA Compliance Checklist for 2020

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HIPAA Compliance Checklist for 2020

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This act, which passed in 1996, protects patient data and rights to that data. HIPAA involves a series of requirements and recommendations for covered entities. Covered entities include health plans, health care clearinghouses, and healthcare providers who transmit ePHI, or electronic protected health information. 

If your company is a covered entity, HIPAA requires you to do everything in your power to protect your patients’ information during data collection, storage, and transmission. In HIPAA’s mandates, the Security Rule includes key guidance for the policies and procedures required to meet HIPAA compliance. This rule consists of three safeguards: administrative, technical, and physical. Use the following checklist to see if your company is following the basics of HIPAA compliance. 

HIPAA Compliance Checklist

Administrative Safeguards

Technical Safeguards

Physical Safeguards

Please note that this checklist is designed to answer top questions about HIPAA compliance and does not qualify as legal advice. We encourage you to reach out to a certified HIPAA expert for advice regarding your company’s specific needs for HIPAA compliance. 

How to Become HIPAA Compliant

If your company is a HIPAA covered entity that collects, stores, and transmits electronic private health information, your technology choices must also meet HIPAA requirements. Features like doctor-patient communication via in-app messaging can quickly deliver information, like test results and recommendations to patients. But, certain features can be risky if data is not secured and does not meet requirements laid out by the HIPAA Security Rule. PubNub has been HIPAA compliant since 2005 so you can be assured that your data is managed safely and securely. 

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