How to Get HIPAA Certification in India

As a software developer in India, you may develop software for healthcare organizations. When providing healthcare organizations with software, you likely have contact with patient’s protected health information (PHI), which would make you a business associate, needing to be HIPAA compliant. How to get HIPAA certification in India is discussed below.

How to Get HIPAA Certification in India

HIPAA in India: How to Get HIPAA Certification in India

Although many companies claim to offer a HIPAA certification, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does not recognize HIPAA certifications. The HHS does, however, recognize third-party HIPAA verification tools. So really, how to get HIPAA certification in India, comes down to implementing an effective compliance program, and having a third-party verify and validate that your HIPAA compliance program is sufficient to meet HHS standards.

Now that we have established that there is no such thing as a HIPAA certification, therefore no such thing as HIPAA certification India, let’s discuss how to implement an effective HIPAA compliance program. 

HIPAA in India: Developing a HIPAA Compliance Program

HIPAA in India applies to businesses that work with companies that create, receive, transmit, store, or maintain protected health information (HIPAA business associates and covered entities). Protected health information (PHI) is any “individually identifiable health information” that HIPAA business associates or covered entities use to perform their job function (classified into 18 identifiers by the HHS). 

To ensure that you are adequately safeguarding PHI, you must implement an effective HIPAA compliance program.

Components of an Effective Compliance Program

Effective Compliance Program

1. Self-audits

2. Gap identification and remediation

3. Policies and procedures

4. Employee training

5. Business associate management

6. Incident management

  1. Self-audits. As a HIPAA business associate, the HHS requires you conduct five self-audits annually. These audits assess the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that you have in place securing PHI.
  2. Gap identification and remediation. By conducting your self-audits, gaps in your safeguards are identified. To be HIPAA compliant, you must address your gaps with remediation efforts. Remediation efforts are meant to bring your administrative, physical, and technical safeguards up to HIPAA standards.
  3. Policies and procedures. Policies and procedures dictate the proper uses and disclosures of PHI by your organization. They also create a framework for how your organization adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Security, Privacy, and Breach Notification Rules.
  4. Employee training. To ensure that your employees are aware of their HIPAA responsibilities, and that they adhere to your organization’s policies and procedures, you must train any employee that may come into contact with PHI. Employee training must be conducted annually and should include HIPAA basics, your organization’s policies and procedures, cybersecurity, and the proper use of social media.
  5. Business associate management. As a software developer, you likely work with other HIPAA business associates (such as your hosting provider, email provider, or other vendors that have access to your PHI data). Any entity that creates, receives, transmits, stores, or maintains PHI on your behalf must also be HIPAA compliant. As such, before sharing any PHI with another organization, you must vet them with a vendor questionnaire and sign a HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA). A vendor questionnaire assesses the vendor’s safeguards to ensure that they are in line with HIPAA standards. A BAA is a legal document that mandates that your vendors (business associates) have safeguards in place to secure the PHI you share with them. A BAA also requires both signing parties to be responsible for maintaining their HIPAA compliance.
  6. Incident management. If you were to experience a breach affecting PHI, you are required to report the incident. Incident management enables you to report breaches in a timely manner, give your employees means to report breaches anonymously, and track reported incidents.

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But why go through all of the effort of implementing a HIPAA compliance program by yourself? Compliancy Group simplifies compliance, enabling you to implement a total HIPAA compliance program, with a Compliance Coach™ walking you through the process. We also serve as a third-party verification tool with our Seal of Compliance™. When you complete our implementation process, your Coach will verify and validate that you have made your good faith effort towards compliance, earning the Seal. Our methodology has been proven to be effective as our clients have a 100% audit pass rate. Let us give your confidence, and peace of mind in your compliance!

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Once you have implemented an effective HIPAA compliance program, having a third-party review your compliance efforts, allows the third-party to verify and validate your efforts.

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Compliancy Group’s compliance guides walk clients through every step of compliance. We provide live support through virtual meetings, and verification and validation of your efforts. Upon completion of our implementation process, your Compliance Coach™ will review your compliance program to verify and validate that you have everything you need, issuing you our Seal of Compliance™. Working with Compliancy Group gives you confidence and peace of mind in your compliance!

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