Any company that handles patient information beware: New law has wide implications

Software vendors, computer technicians, lawyers, accountants, even medical records storage firms are now included within new, stricter patient information safety laws and must have written vendor agreements in place to comply.   Health care companies are familiar with the patient information privacy laws dictated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and more recently added Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HIPAA-HITECH), but their vendors and sub-vendors are now affected as well.   As of September 24, 2013, the number of businesses required to comply with these laws will expand exponentially.

According to a Broad and Cassel health lawyer familiar with HIPAA, anyone who has any access at all to patient information, even if it’s simply demographic details, must comply with these new provisions.

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