The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, was passed in 1996 to standardize the way healthcare systems retain and use patient details. HIPAA states that if a company engages with protected healthcare data, it is required to have certain security arrangements in place for its infrastructure and processes.
HIPAA is enforced by the Health and Human Services, or the HHS. The HHS Office for Civil Rights looks into any and all privacy violations as pointed out by business associates and covered entities. HHS considers that IT departments should be well equipped and competent enough to deal with sensitive data and comply with the law. Even the most minuscule breaches can attract heavy fines.
HIPAA Penalty Enforcement
The HIPAA Enforcement Rule is in place to oversee investigations involving when a violation in protecting the privacy of healthcare information has taken place. The penalties are levied to the covered businesses for committing an avoidable infringement. These are the penalties that covered entities should be mindful of:
$100 – $50000
A violation by virtue of ignorance
$100 – $50000
A violation despite reasonable vigilance
$10000 – $50000
A violation due to willful neglect which is corrected within 30 days
A violation due to willful neglect which is not corrected within 30 days
HIPAA compliance is absolutely vital for healthcare services. Complying to HIPAA standards is no easy task. We understand the nuances and the quirks that are associated with compliance. Technology By Design has been aiding numerous clients in developing optimized HIPAA compliant network security solutions for over ten years.