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By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

Medical Marijuana Industry Regulated by HIPAA

Like any controlled substance, medical marijuana requires a robust system of patient verification to make certain that patients who are receiving prescriptions are identified properly. Medical dispensaries use computerized patient verification systems in the pursuit of this goal. But what many people do not know is that a patient verification system is also subject to... Continue reading
By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

Decoding the Updated HIPAA Omnibus Rule

On January 17th, 2013, the Health Insurance of Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (otherwise known as HIPAA) rules were overhauled with the express goal of improving patient privacy and protecting patient data. These new rules took effect as of March 26, 2013. The change to the laws made regulations for second and third-party businesses... Continue reading
By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

Compliance Checklist for HIPAA IT Pros

Hosting protected health information can be daunting, but going through a checklist of requirements for the compliance of the Health Insurance of Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (otherwise known as HIPAA) can make the process simpler and more painless.
By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

Heartbleed’s Impact on HIPAA Compliance

Back in early April of this year (2014) there was a new security vulnerability discovered known as the “Heartbleed Bug.” This software bug has had an impact on the overall global internet community which uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates to provide secure websites to the public. As a result, this security issue has had... Continue reading
By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

HIPAA Compliant Hosting for European-based Organizations

In order to host and/or migrate medical data being transferred from the European Union (EU), US hosting providers have to undergo and partake in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor certification process. EU Directive 95/46/EC is the European Union mandate (in conjunction with the European Convention {EC}) for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing... Continue reading
By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

HIPAA Compliant Hosting vs Standard Web Hosting

If you host a website that will interact with patient information, then you should find a HIPAA specialist in web hosting. Patient information is considered Protected Health Information (PHI) or Electronic Health Records (EHR) and is protected by the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
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