The US-american "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act" of 1996 (HIPAA) is Public Law 104-191, which was enacted on August 21, 1996.

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Is it okay for our IT support contractor to remote in without authorization?

We are a healthcare IT company. My machine has PHI on it. Our IT contractor verbally asked if he could remote in to fix my printer so I said sure. I expected some sort of prompt to allow it but he ...
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Is conveying patient MRN in a web service URL a HIPAA PHI violation?

I'm building a web service to access patient data within our EMR and would like to subscribe to RESTful design principles. However, the idea of including the patient MRN in a GET request makes me ...
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Is Google identity sign in product HIPAA compliant?

I want to use this product to save me a month of coding. Looking for a product that Password expiration forgot password system lock after x times of wrong password Valid passwords rules (min 8 ...
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HIPAA Related question regarding Prescription Rx Reports [closed]

This is a close approximation of my in-person conversation at the Local CVS: Me: Hi, I'd like to get the 2015 Medication Report for myself and my wife. Clerk: I can print yours, if you have Photo ID,...
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Approved Certificate Authorities for certification/compliance with HIPAA, PCI etc

Are there any requirements in PCI or HIPAA, or other security standards that may impact general government, payment processing, healthcare, that would disqualify any CA vendors that are trusted by the ...
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Cisco Registered Envelope Service (CRES), big security flaw?

While researching so called HIPAA compliant email providers, I came across Cisco Registered Envelope Service(CRES), which claims to be HIPAA compliant. According to this instruction, upon receiving ...
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Retention periods for web logs

I work for an ASP that provides banking solutions Card Services Payments ACH Online Banking And others Back Story: Our company provides an "all in one" solution or parts thereof, we are ...
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Meeting HIPAA standards in a server-to-domain-client application?

Similar, inconclusive question by someone else found here: HIPAA requirements for local server The requirements are that the application runs on a Windows server and can be expected to connect to up ...
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Can PHI be HIPAA compliant on a cloud?

I have read conflicting information on whether PHI can be stored and delivered on a cloud in a HIPAA compliant manner. I hear many people saying you cannot share infrastructure and be HIPAA compliant. ...
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Is a business associates contract required to use hosted R&D services? [closed]

I'm on the "configuration management" team which, among other things, means I'm responsible for R&D systems, like: source control, issue tracking, team collaboration (wiki), etc. These are not ...
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HIPAA/FISMA certification for IT audits [closed]

I currently work for an IT security company that is looking to expand our services offered to clients. Two avenues we are looking at is reviewing FISMA and HIPAA compliance for our clients. I have ...
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Does our support chat need to be HIPAA compliant? [closed]

We are currently using olark to provide an instant chat support feature to our customers. Customer typically ask about outages, setup issues, etc. We are in the process of trying to become HIPAA ...
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What is PHI, name, DOB is PHI

Can a person name, date of birth and proprietary ID be considered as PHI? Ex: Joe Doe, 11/25/1955, 45698745236.
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Avoiding HIPAA, part 2

I'm building a new website, that may be subject to HIPAA. But I won't normally need access to the data. If I encrypt, or somehow encode, the personally identifiable parts, so only the user can decrypt ...
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Avoiding HIPAA, will this work?

I'm building a new website, and I'm trying to figure out if I need to worry about HIPAA. And if I do, I'm trying to figure out a way I can stop worrying about HIPAA. An example of something kinda ...
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“If encryption has not been implemented, a comparable alternative has been implemented” [closed]

What constitutes as a comparable alternative to encryption? I know that password keepers and other services are not comparable and are not considered encryption. If the context is authorized access ...
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Do any specific steps need to be taken into account for the user's browser and browser caching for a HIPAA compliant web application?

I'm currently writing a web application that will need to be HIPAA compliant. It is very JavaScript heavy, and ePHI will be sent over an encrypted connection in the form of JSON. The transmission ...
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Proper implementation of HIPAA within iOS app with several factors

We are developing an iOS app that allows users to store/modify Protected Health Information (PHI) and the app needs to allow users to do so without an internet connection for large parts of the ...
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What is legally required to store HIPAA data in the “cloud”?

I was looking into storing SQL DB backups of a healthcare system in the cloud in the event of a disaster to be HIPAA compliant. The solution I came up with was to use Cloudberry backups. What I would ...
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Hushmails “Secure Forms” & HIPAA

I just picked up a job for integrating Hushmail's Secure Web Forms into a medical website. The forms will submit patient's (PHI) data to Hushmail's servers, encrypt the data, and then send it to their ...
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Are foreign keys linking to a table with PHI considered PHI under HIPAA?

Table 1 has PHI and it's encrypted. Table 2 doesn't have PHI, isn't encrypted and has a foreign key to Table 1. I'd like to recommend the strongest security. If there's a requirement in HIPAA, it's ...
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Is FileVault 2 HIPAA compliant?

It looks to me like FileVault 2 uses AES 256 bit encryption for the desk. Does that mean that it meets the HIPAA "data at rest" standard? Is there something else I need to check about it?
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Are internal patient identifiers considered PHI under HIPAA?

We use GUIDs to internally to identify patients in our system. I'm having a debate with our regulatory people on whether these identifiers can be used in query strings to REST calls. They are ...
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Becoming HIPAA Compliant

What is required to become HIPAA Compliant? Do I need to take a test or do I just need to follow a certain set of guidelines? EDIT: Just to provide my background. I am a small IT Firm and we would ...
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Are AWS security groups sufficient to authenticate communication between instances? (HIPAA)

Say I have a private service that exposes sensitive information (PHI) via a REST API, and that I want to permit access to it from only one other service. Is it enough to partition these services ...
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HIPAA vs. HTTPS

In the medical/pharmaceutical space as part of legal operating requirements, everyone has to comply with HIPAA standards ( http://health.state.tn.us/hipaa/ ) for moving personal medical information ...
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For FDA certification hipaa is mandatory?

I am working on a medical device. I want to FDA certification for it. The device is having ePHI (protected health information). So is it mandatory to have HIPAA compliance for FDA approval?
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What documentation can I ask a vendor for to show HIPAA compliance

Over the past year, several vendors I've contracted with have claimed hipaa compliance. I have asked them for documentation of their compliance and I've never seen any. I would expect an audit ...
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Hipaa Compliant Server

I have an instance in Amazon EC2 and need to be HIPAA compliant. I have two questions, Should I need to do a block level encryption of the database storage. Should I need to encrypt sensitive data ...
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Any advice on how to assure patients that a medical facility is well protected against identity theft?

My apologies if this question has been asked before. How does a medical practice assure patients that the practice follows excellent computer security practices? Conversely, how does a patient find ...
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HIPAA requirements for local server

I am looking to create a ePHI database for a small physical therapy office and I would like some advice on some of the security that I will need to implement. Most computers will most likely have no ...
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Are there HIPAA requirements to encrypt our database hosted in AWS

I'm developing Medical Billing & EHR Software. On completion we are planning to use AWS for hosting and thus provide SAAS. Do we need to encrypt the MySQL database in order to keep HIPAA ...
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Gmail Voicemail Encryption

I want to listen to my voicemails in a secure but convenient fashion. I plan do this by having my PBX encrypt the voicemail using openssl aes 256 cbc with salt and a single static password. The ...
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Can someone please briefly explain HIPPA compliance?

I worked in web hosting for several years, particularly security. I am familiar with PCI compliance and I would say the "short and sweet" guide to PCI for an eCommerce store is as follows: Client ...
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HIPAA compliant blob storage architecture

There is a task to design a system to store sensitive data securely (should be HIPAA compliant in the future). It's just a draft - this will not be used in production in a foreseeable future. I have a ...
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Is having theoretical access to PHI a HIPAA breach, even if no one accesses it?

This is an entirely hypothetical question. Lets say a clinic has a computer in their waiting room for checking email, surfing the web etc. while patients wait. Lets also assume whoever signed this up ...
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How do you manage credentials to multiple remote systems?

We are a vendor that provides software to the healthcare industry, and our application is locally hosted on customer infrastructure. As such, we are provided with VPN access in order to be able to ...
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Multi Tenant Database - HIPAA

We are planning to develop a EHR/Billing Software and we are aware about HIPAA rules and regulations. Our current application architecture using a shared database with all client's(Provider/Practice) ...
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HIPAA Compliant App, using Encypted Core Data vs Core Data Attribute Encyption

I am writing an iOS app which needs to be HIPAA compliant. The app should preferably function offline, so data needs to be stored on the phone. So here is what I was thinking of doing: On First ...
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What are best practices to adhering to HIPAA encryption requirements?

As HIPAA's language is somewhat vague when it comes to actual technical requirements, what are best practices for PHI encryption for HIPAA compliance? I've seen varying levels at different ...
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Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data?

Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data? There are several situations where I may want to give a few people read-only access to some data, but I would ...
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Determining if company is considered a business associate under HIPAA?

I am trying to clearly understand the HIPAA regulations a court reporting company must adhere to. Let's say the court reporting company does not directly contract with any covered entities but does ...
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HIPAA compliant on Azure cloud? [closed]

We are using WebRoles to host our api, Table storage to persist PHI and Blob Storage to persist MRIs and CT images. What is required to become HIPAA Compliant? -- Edit 2014-02-17 -- I just want to ...
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Telemedicine on Google+ Hangouts or Skype. Is it encrypted?

Would one be able to have a telemedicine conversation with a patient with google+ hangouts the way one can over a telephone? In other words does the security satisfy the HIPAA regulations that say ...
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Can a physican website be on a non-HIPAA server?

I'm starting my first website for a doctor's office and I'm wondering if the website needs to be on a HIPAA compliant server, even if no patient health information is collected or stored on the server?...
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Is disaster recovery a requirement for any and every application that uses any ePHI?

HIPAA requirements seem to state that a disaster recovery plan is a required implementation, defined within the HIPAA Contingency Plan standard in the Administrative Safeguards section of the HIPAA ...
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HIPAA: How am I required to secure PHI database access creds on my web server?

Assuming I have a database of PHI that my web application needs to access, how am I required to secure the credentials on the webserver that the web application uses to access this database? Is ...
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MS-SQL Monitoring/Auditing of PHI for HIPAA

We're currently looking for a solution (hardware or software-based) that can monitor and audit all PHI viewing activity per new HIPAA rules. We use MS-SQL for our production database. We have the ...
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Is this HIPAA-protected health information?

We're developing an online events calendar for a senior assisted-living facility.They want to record, in the system, the names of facility residents who attend each event. There would be no other ...
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Can you protect corporate email on personal phones without the option of wiping all personal data?

Our company recently announced a new IT policy that requires encryption of any personal smartphone used to connect to the corporate Exchange server. As far as I can tell, they're using Exchange ...