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Guidelines for the HIPAA Compliant Website
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), is the law enacted to protect the privacy, medical records and designate who can speak on your behalf.
Nowadays this rule is a compulsion for most outsourcing IT companies that provides website development services so it is necessary for all website developers, designers to know the HIPAA rule. Most companies prefer developers who have complete knowledge of the HIPPA rules. Designers and developers must have the skillset for developing the Hippa compliant website in order to make medical data safe and confidential.
Below are some guidelines for the HIPAA compliant website:
Each user must possess a centrally-controlled unique username and password for identifying unique patient information.
This mechanism ensures compliance that information or data has not been altered or destroyed in an unauthorized manner.
Encryption and decryption tools
For encryption of data, the website must be SSL certified. This guideline relates to the devices used by authorized users, which must have the functionality to encrypt messages when they are sent beyond an internal firewalled server and decrypt those messages when they are received.
Automatic logout functionality
This function logs authorized personnel off of the device after a predefined period of time. This prevents unauthorized access of sensitive and secures information should the device be left unattended
The audit controls required under the technical safeguards are there to register attempted access to secure information and record what is done with that information once that information has been accessed.
Website Transmission security
Patient / Client information must always be encrypted while being transmitted over the Internet.
Backup storage Facility
The data of patient medical information needs to be backed up and able to be recovered.
The information contained within the R3Rx system must only be accessible by authorized personnel using unique, audited access control.
Storage Encryption security
Private and Secure information of patients including medical reports must be encrypted when it is being stored, archived, or transmitted.
Information can be permanently disposed of when no longer needed. There will be a delete button and capability.
HIPAA Compliant Hosting
The hosting services must be HIPAA compliant.