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Medical Offices and IT Related HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare related technologies are experiencing some of the fastest growth in the IT space. Along with this rapid expansion, comes the increasing need for federally compliant infrastructure to process and store the electronic protected health information (ePHI) that is protected by the Health insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

HIPAA was initially passed in 1996 and subsequently updated in 2009 through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH. Compliance with these regulations extend beyond physical infrastructure but require Risk Analysis and Management Plans, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), onsite audits, penetration testing, staff training and A small facility must expect to budget $4,000 to $12,000 with large facilities requiring HIPAA compliance to run $50,000 and up.

As a facility manager, you will hear terms like VPN, firewall, access logs, biometric security access, CCTV surveillance, VLAN, DDoS, and many more. This is where you have to rely on the network system engineering experts like those available through Midtown Now. It takes a team of professionals to meet the wide range of requirements so be sure to always include qualified network engineers on your HIPAA Compliance Team.

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