HIPAA Compliant Website Development | Austin, TX -Clarity Ventures


 

hipaa compliance for websitesIf you run a health care practice, then you are familiar with HIPAA compliance, the set of rules that regulates and maintains your patients’ privacy. However, you might not be aware of how to establish your practice’s website design in a way that adheres to HIPAA compliance standards. Below are some elements that every healthcare practice should include in order to keep their patients’ privacy paramount.

Building a HIPAA Compliant Website

Make Sure Your Website Contains a Copy of Your HIPAA Policy. Every covered entity must have both a HIPAA Privacy Policy and a HIPAA Privacy Officer. To put your patients at ease, direct them to a web version of your practice’s HIPAA policy. This should be in a visible, easily navigable portion of your website.

Provide Your Privacy Officer with the Proper Web Modules

The Privacy Officer is the person who is in charge of maintaining the integrity of patient information. Since your Privacy Officer is the person who helps your practice stay up-to-date on HIPAA as well as individual state laws, it is important for them to have access to the proper systems within your ERP system. Clarity can help you customize your ERP and/or your CRM system to fit your Privacy Officer’s needs.

While it is critical for all websites that deal in secure transactions to encrypt their data, HIPAA rules explicitly stipulate that your website’s data should always be encrypted.

Encrypt Your Data

While it is critical for all websites that deal in secure transactions to encrypt their data, HIPAA rules explicitly stipulate that your website’s data should always be encrypted. Use of an SSL secure website usually meets HIPAA’s standards for encrypted data. If you transmit data, making sure that the transmission is secure and that only authorized personnel have access to it can be one of the trickier parts of HIPAA compliance.

Ensure Permanent Disposal of Unnecessary Data

Once you no longer need a patient’s information, you must have a system for disposing of it permanently. This is easier said than done, as you must be aware of the places and ways in which your website backs up information. If your information is backed up anywhere, then it is not properly disposed of. Ask Clarity today about customizing your website to maintain HIPAA standards.