HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed.
This includes covered entities (CE), anyone who provides treatment, payment and operations in healthcare, and business associates (BA), anyone with access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment or operations. Subcontractors, or business associates of business associates, must also be in compliance.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule addresses the saving, accessing and sharing of medical and personal information of any individual, while the HIPAA Security Rule more specifically outlines national security standards to protect health data created, received, maintained or transmitted electronically, also known as electronic protected health information (ePHI).
A supplemental act was passed in 2009 called The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which supports the enforcement of HIPAA requirements by raising the penalties of health organizations that violate HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HITECH Act was formed in response to health technology development and increased use, storage and transmittal of electronic health information.
Around the Clock Telemessaging Corp. of Wethersfield CT has been providing its clients with ways to be HIPAA and HITECH compliant since 2012. Using miSecureMessages, clients of Around the Clock have the peace of mind that their data and PHI is secure and compliant to these privacy and security rules.
miSecureMessages keeps your communications private by:
- Encryption – Unlike SMS text messages, miSecureMessages is HIPAA and HITECH compliant, keeping your data and PHI secure. By utilizing end-to-end message encryption, miSecureMessages ensures that messages in transit are secure and protected.and eliminates outside access to information. Your information is protected by:
- No messages stored on your device – miSecureMessages quickly retrieves message information each time you access the App, but nothing is stored on your device.
- Passcodes -While it is optional, a passcode on the App helps ensure your information remains private.
- Allowing remote disabling – When you lose track of your device, the App can be remotely disabled so that the device can no longer access miSecureMessages information.
*Healthcare organizations that use email and SMS text messaging risk HIPAA-related fines.*
Although miSecureMessages (MSM) was initially developed for healthcare organizations to meet these strict secure messaging standards, all types of industries, including Information Technology (IT), Legal, Real Estate, Finance, Utilities, and more have started using MSM. Organizations within these industries choose MSM because of the convenience of the quick messaging system and the appeal of separating MSM messages from other email and SMS text messages.
Call Around the Clock Telemessaging Corp. at 800.400.LIVE to discover how your business can become HIPAA compliant today!