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HIPAA Compliance: A Guide

When it comes to starting your healthcare business, you have to ensure that the software is HIPAA compliant. Find out how in this guide.
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The software has to be an important part of your healthcare business. Mobile and desktop tools that can access patient information or control and configure the healthcare data management settings for interconnected devices are important components of care delivery systems.

But knowing how to make your software HIPAA compliant is another thing. We’ll show you how to get your business HIPAA compliant so it can survive in the long term.

HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA is a law that protects the security and privacy of health data. Its regulations can apply to most organizations, not features or products. A company can say that it’s HIPAA compliant, but it doesn’t make sense to refer to your product that way.

If your company is regulated, HIPAA requires that your organization:

  1. Manage risk and security with internal controls and formal policies.
  2. Identify and respond to potential data breaches and security incidents.
  3. Control how you disclose data externally and use data internally.


How do you become HIPAA Compliant?

  1. Decide what HIPAA rules apply to your organization.
  2. Decide how your application maps to the rules
  3. Use a scalable, repeatable strategy for tracking the compliance events. On the low end, this would be recorded in a spreadsheet. On the high-end, it would be a GRC system.
  4. Find a risk management framework and start with a preliminary risk assessment.
  5. Decide on your policies and procedures.
  6. Design and audit the training with your workforce.
  7. Select and maintain security controls
  8. Respond to potential security and privacy incidents, including HIPAA breaches
  9. Repeat the previous steps on a regular basis.


Start with a Search By Default Foundation

Data encryption and HIPAA compliance software development is an important step towards better healthcare data management. And it’s an important software component of a HIPAA compliant product

There are a few paths to data encryption – that reduce the risk of failure in security infrastructure.

By encrypting the data “on the wire,” businesses don’t need to show auditors encrypt data at the right time. This approach helps affect the cost and performance of the solution.

Security Features

Too many companies will overlook the security features that are necessary for healthcare data management when they create a product or evaluate multiple third-party solutions. Here are some important features that your system needs to have:

  • Audit data access: Every action that affects the system’s data needs to be tracked. This could be started at a low level – in the object-relational mapper or library. Improper data execution will hurt your system performance.
  • Automatic logoff: If your screen is intended for a few hours, it has to automatically log off from the system to stop unauthorized access to confidential data.
  • Enforce user identification: Your system needs to eliminate the possibility of accessing your account from multiple devices and locations at once. It needs to detect the patterns that show the account is shared by more than one person.



Overall, HIPAA compliance software development is important for your business. Not only does it keep your business legally protected, but it also helps your software stay updated as it continues to grow. By doing this, you’ll have a system that will continue to grow and identify potential problems before they arise.

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