TELEHOUSE has announced that the company’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance will be completed in July 2014 to ensure customer security and privacy.
In a statement TELEHOUSE said that they have updated its policies and procedures to conform to the requirements and addressables, mandatory for a Business Associate under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Final Omnibus Rule issued January 23, 2013.
As of July 2014, TELEHOUSE is capable of signing a Business Associate Agreement as is required under the HIPAA regulations. As a Business Associate, TELEHOUSE can provide its services to Covered Healthcare Entities (CE) as well as other Business Associates who are vendors to various Healthcare industries.
In order to assist in its updates, TELEHOUSE employed HIPAA Continuity Planners and the Compliancy Group’s “Guard” software, said the company officials.
“The need to comply with HIPAA has placed increased pressure on medical groups, practitioners and healthcare IT groups who not only have to ensure, but prove their systems and practices are compliant enough to protect patient health information, as well as their vendors who have access to patient health information,” said Akio Sugeno, vice president, Telehouse.