Why Work with a HIPAA Compliant IT Service?
When you think of HIPAA compliance, the first thing you might think of is secure medical information, since usually we hear that term in a doctor’s office. But HIPAA compliance is important when it comes to your company’s secure information, as well—and not all IT companies are HIPAA compliant!
Learn more about HIPAA compliance in terms of IT services, and why it’s important for your business!
What is HIPAA Compliance?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, refers to legislation passed by the U.S. government to establish industry standards to prevent the unlawful distribution of electronic Personal Health Information (PHI).
Additionally, HITECH, or the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, establishes civil and criminal enforcement of HIPAA rules. You can learn more about HITECH and its HIPAA application here.
Under HIPAA, any “business associate” of an entity—like an IT company—must implement specific guidelines and procedures to protect PHI. It is recommended that entities and their business associates establish a written agreement outlining all HIPPA compliancy procedures.
What’s Different About HIPAA Compliant IT Services?
When you work with a HIPAA compliant IT service, you can be 100 percent confident that they are following HIPAA guidelines when it comes to protecting your employees’ personal health information. You’ll know this because they’ll implement the following, which are mandatory for HIPAA compliant companies or employees.
- Physical Security Policies – These restrictions clarify who is or isn’t allowed to enter particular areas in a business facility (from smaller spaces, like server rooms, to your company’s campus as a whole) to prevent data from getting into the wrong hands. Often, businesses use methods like key codes or security badges to enforce these restrictions and keep your data safe.
- Virus Protection – Having a virus protection system in place to protect your employees from viruses and hackers is a given, but how often are you updating that system? What would you do if you experienced a data breach in the system? That’s where Maryland Computer Service can help by actively monitoring your company’s hardware and software.
- Workstation Policies – Whether it’s requiring a minimum password strength for employees’ computer logins, limiting unsuccessful login attempts, or making your employees change their passwords regularly, it’s crucial to enforce workstation security policies to keep your data secure.
- Access Control – This restriction only grants access to certain software programs, electronic equipment, or classified data to certain employees. This could be as simple as requiring an administrator’s approval to download certain data onto your work computer.
Why Choose Maryland Computer Service as a HIPAA Compliant IT Service?
At Maryland Computer Service, we know just how important it is to protect all client personal health information, which is why we are 100 percent HIPAA compliant. Our certified IT experts will work closely with you to determine the current state of your organization’s technology infrastructure and recommend any procedural changes necessary.
To start working with a HIPAA compliant IT service you can trust in the Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. area, call Maryland Computer Service at (301) 202-6521 or contact us online today.