Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)was passed
as a law by Congress in 1996 to ensure patient safety, their rights and
security of information, as well as to standardize and regulate transactions
for services provided to them.
In response to the HIPAA standards the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) has published the final Security Rule. They state, ďA covered
entity must have in place appropriate administrative, technical, and physical
safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information.
Organizations such as Health Level 7 (HL7), Leapfrog, The Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the federal government
have taken noticeable steps to facilitate the progress of the U.S. healthcare
IT industry in general.
HIPAA regulations have a profound impact on healthcare providers. The
federal government has taken appropriate steps to ensure that all health
care facilities, convert to electronic documentation and transactions
for all patient information. They have included certain privacy and security
measures related to sensitive areas such as authorization, access, authentication
and encryption of data, which will ensures standardization. Noncompliance
of HIPAA rules and regulations carries severe civil and criminal penalties.
With this in mind MDTotal has been designed, from its inception to be
HIPAA compliant in order to meet all regulatory, security, and patient
privacy standards for transfer and storage of patient information. MDTotal
is the market leader in adhering to these strict expectations and is committed
to providing HIPAA compliance for its customers.
MDTotal.CA Software has been created with HIPAA as its pivotal theme;
securing patient records, standardizing electronic billing and information
to reduce national health care costs. While there are many facets of HIPAA,
in reality all elements of the HIPAA ACT revolve around three key sets
of standards: Strive to comply with HIPAA guidelines by learning to protect
patientís medical privacy. Strive to comply with HIPAA guidelines by appropriately
maintaining patient information and billing processes in compliance with
national standards. Strive to comply with HIPAA guidelines by providing
appropriate security of patient records.
Adhering to HIPAA standardization allows a medical practice to increase
efficiency and effectiveness of health care system, by creating standards
for exchange of electronic data transactions and confidentiality of individualís
electronic health care information.