HIPAA Compliant Software

You’ve coded up this amazing piece of software that is perfect for the healthcare market. The fact that the industry’s footprint is more than $3.8 billion in the United States alone has got you seeing dollar signs.

The only problem is that your potential customers will only consider HIPAA compliant software, and you aren’t sure where or how to get started in making your product HIPAA compliant.

Reading the HIPAA regulations on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website raises more questions than answers. What do you do? To help, we’ve prepared four things to consider as you work toward understanding and implementing HIPAA compliance.

A Developer’s Guide to Creating HIPAA Compliant Software – Facts vs. Myths

The first thing to determine is whether or not your business needs to be HIPAA compliant. If your software does not interact with protected health information (PHI) in any way, you can stop reading right now.  

If it does, understand that there is no such thing as “HIPAA Compliant Software.” It’s not about the software; it’s about the organization that created it.

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A Developer’s Guide to Creating HIPAA Compliant Software – Understanding the Process

The most important thing to remember as you begin the process of becoming HIPAA compliant is this: you either are compliant, or you are not. The HIPAA regulations are very specific about this. There is no such thing as “almost” HIPAA compliant. 

The HHS has defined seven elements of HIPAA compliance that must be present. 

They are:

  1. Implementing written policies, procedures, and standards of conduct.
  2. Designating a compliance officer and compliance committee.
  3. Conducting effective training and education.
  4. Developing effective lines of communication.
  5. Conducting internal monitoring and auditing.
  6. Enforcing standards through well-publicized disciplinary guidelines.
  7. Responding promptly to detected offenses and undertaking corrective action.

That doesn’t sound too difficult. But as an old saying goes, “the devil is in the details.”

A Developer’s Guide to Creating HIPAA Compliant Software – Working the Process

HIPAA compliance starts with a security risk assessment (SRA) to give you a snapshot of where you currently are in regards to data privacy and security. For a vendor supplying products or services, a complete SRA is composed of five mandatory audits:

  • Asset and Device Audit