There are several ways to create a HIPAA compliant app including being aware of multiple safeguards that come into play.
The HIPAA Security Rule requires entities, such as a HIPAA compliant app, that are covered by HIPAA law to have several safeguards in place. These include proper administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure that the confidentiality, security, and integrity of electronic Protected Health Information remains intact.
Our HIPAA compliant app developers take the necessary steps throughout the app development process to ensure that your application will be a complete HIPAA compliant app at the end of the day.
There is a wide variety of data that will pass through your app that we need to know to make sure that HIPAA regulations are met! This can range from names of patients, dates related to individuals, phone numbers, emails, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, and much more.
We look at what is already in place and we go from there! There is no one solution to HIPAA compliance; we tailor compliance to your app as needed. We comb through the application and implement the appropriate compliance as needed.
When it comes to compliance, there are certain questions that need to be asked. Will the information within the app be entered by the user or healthcare professionals? Will this be at the office or in the home? How can we verify the user or professional’s identity? These are questions that are integral to protecting the sensitive information that will be handled in your app.
Putting administrative, physical, and technical safeguards into place
Reasonably limiting the use and sharing of Protected Health Information to a minimum
Unique user identification systems
Emergency access procedures
Your new app will be handling sensitive information that pertains to people’s health, privacy, and more. Any entity dealing with storage or passing Protected Health Information is required to be HIPAA compliant as stated in the 2013 amendment to HIPAA. With all that information passing through your app, it is extremely important that your app adhere to HIPAA regulations.
If you don’t meet HIPAA regulations, there can be legal ramifications. Penalties can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation, depending on the intent, with an annual maximum of $1.5 million per violation. Corrective action is also required.
If your app is going to be utilized by those working in healthcare, you want to remain HIPAA compliant so they can make the most out of your app. By adhering to HIPAA regulations, your messaging app will be able to be more efficient and productive by being accessible to those in healthcare.