Why is it Important for Healthcare Companies to use a HIPAA compliant I.T. company. Like Underdog Computer and Network Support LLC.
I.T. firms generally assist healthcare providers with requirements 1 and 2. Because the are “responsible” for the client’s technology. If you expanded the requirements for administrative. You will notice the requirement for any outside contractor that has or may have access to ePHI sign a BAA. ePHI is electronic Patient Health Information. Basically data on your network. This is exactly what I.T. firms do. While they may not actively be looking at this data they do come in contact with it.
Now here is the problem most I.T. firms are not HIPAA compliant themselves. As part of your due diligence, you need to make sure the partners you work with are HIPAA compliant. If they are not you can be fined for not being in compliance. The government is cracking down on compliance and more audits are being done every year.
Why is it Important for NON-Healthcare Companies to use a HIPAA compliant I.T. company. Like Underdog Computer and Network Support LLC.
Achieving HIPAA Compliance is an expensive process to undertake. More importantly, it requires a magnifying glass look at how you do business. Developing processes and procedures for handling sensitive data. Regardless of whether you are in healthcare or not, every company has sensitive data. Underdog takes the same care or precautions we do with ePHI as we do with any other data. To us regardless of the client it all ePHI. We consider it all confidential. Safety and Security are the cornerstones of our foundation.