What is HIPAA?

Written by
COO at Inoxoft, former .Net Software Engineer

HIPAA or The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a federal law that regulates two directions— the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI). It requires the creation of national standards to prevent the disclosure of patient health information. HIPAA rules are enforced by law and those companies that fail to comply with requirements for security and privacy of data can be fined with penalties.

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Whom does the HIPAA apply to?

  • Health Insurance Providers
  • Health Plans 
  • Covered entities
  • Healthcare Clearinghouses 
  • Business Associates

HIPAA requirements for software providers apply if a company develops a solution that collects, and processes the patients’ personal data. There are defined features of Protected Health Information. If software uses at least one of them, it has to apply to HIPAA.

Software developers eliminate the risks associated with the privacy and security of health information by ensuring transmitting, messaging, and data storage solutions.

Follow the link to read the full article about HIPAA compliance regulations in software development.

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