30 Days of Compliance Q&A #4: Does My Company Have To Comply with HIPAA?

The HIPAA Rules apply to covered entities and business associates. The US Department of Health and Human Services defines covered entities as follows:

A covered entity is one of the following:

 1) Health Care Provider

  • Doctors
  • Clinics
  • Psychologists
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmacies

… but only if they transmit any information in an electronic form in connection with a transaction for which HSS has adopted a standard

2) Health Plan

  • Health insurance companies
  • HMOs
  • Company health plans
  • Government programs that pay for health care such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the military and veterans health care programs.

3)  Health Care Clearninghouse

This includes entities that process nonstandard health information they receive from another enttity into a standard (i.e. standard electronic format or data content), or vice versa.

Want more information about whether or not you are a covered entity? Use the Department of Health and Human Services Decision Tool and other useful resources on their website.

 

Authors

Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone

Try AccelOps FREE for 30 Days

 

Get a Live Product Demo

 

Tags

cloud security big data RSA analytics compliance Q&A PCI DSS HIPAA Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Target breach

About Accelops

AccelOps provides the leading IT operations analytics platform for the modern data center. The virtual appliance software monitors security, performance and compliance in cloud and virtualized infrastructures – all from a single screen.

 

AccelOps automatically discovers, analyzes and automates IT issues in machine and big data across organizations’ data centers and cloud resources, spanning servers, storage, networks, security, applications and users. AccelOps’ patented analytics engine with cross-correlation and statistical anomaly detection sends real-time alerts when deviations occur that indicate a security or performance-impacting event.

 

The AccelOps platform scales seamlessly and provides unmatched delivery of proactive security and operational intelligence, allowing organizations to be more responsive and competitive as they expand their IT capabilities. 

Keep Social