Amy Wood, one of the owners of All Computer Systems, an independent dental IT integrator in Northern California, sent me some information on the looming HIPAA compliance issues. The most important thing you should do is do a risk assesment. Here are some things you should evaluate:
- Business Grade Antivirus?
- Secure Encrypted Email?
- Encrypted Off-Site Backups?
- Network Firewall?
- Practice Management Passwords?
- Data Breach Insurance?
- Proper Documentation?
This is all part of HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act. As usual the actual government regulations are impossible to interpret. However if you are interested the official government site is here and the rule is available as a pdf linked at the bottom of the page.