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How do I Choose the Best HIPAA Compliance Software?

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  • Written By: A. Leverkuhn
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 10 October 2018
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HIPAA compliance software is designed to help medical facilities and medical businesses maintain the standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA. This law provides for the confidentiality of patient information for either inpatient or outpatient procedures, or other kinds of standard medical care. Managers always look for the best HIPAA software that can help their offices keep patient info private and secure.

Buyers often look at the cost of HIPAA compliance software, but other important aspects also matter. One of these is access. Conventional software was sold “out of the box,” and was sometimes difficult and expensive to install and use. New options include SaaS or Software as a Service, where HIPAA compliance software can be sold as a web-running program, eliminating the need for shipping boxes of CDs and having in-house staff install the software or update it on a regular basis.

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Managers and other buyers will also want to look at the best features for HIPAA compliance software. The overall principle of this kind of software program is security. Private data should be encrypted and not easily “phished” from the system. The best HIPAA compliance software also provides cues for medical staff in the office, helping to automate more of the patient care process, and, for example, enabling staff to avoid verbally shouting out pieces of sensitive patient information. Ideally, HIPAA compliance software will also help staff run the office more effectively by making it easier to register patients and record changes in their files, such as an address change or status update that affects their health insurance situation.

Along with these considerations, HIPAA compliance software should also have good maintenance features. There should be a file backup process to secure patient records, and a guard against different kinds of internal hacking. Look for all of this in superior HIPAA compliance software available for a large or small medical office. A general “HIPAA compliance suite” may include different programs aimed at different goals, from security to scheduling, patient file updates, procedure documentation, or registration for specific medical appointments, and worker’s comp paperwork. Getting the best HIPAA solutions for an office will help make it more effective, and help the business avoid some liabilities associated with this stringent legal requirement for patient privacy.

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