WASHINGTON – The Connected Health Initiative has created a tool to help health technology entrepreneurs understand whether they need to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
“You can comply with the law relatively easily once you know the rules,” said Morgan Reed of CHI in a blog post.
HIPAA Check is an interactive tool to help developers determine how their technology fits within the HIPAA framework. It takes the user through a series of questions, which include the definitions of terms they need, a video explaining the concept of “on behalf of,” and links to resources and places to find additional information.
“To be successful, health tech start-ups must protect the privacy and security of patients, but for many companies, it’s a constant struggle to figure out where they fit under HIPAA,” Reed said.
Once a user has completed HIPAA Check, they have the option to receive a full report, which provides all the questions answered and how they were answered.
“While the information provided through the tool, and subsequently, the report, should not be considered legal advice, the output of HIPAA Check will provide clarity for many companies as to their responsibilities under HIPAA,” said Reed.
The report gives companies the documentation they might need to show prospective clients, users and investors that they understand their role in protecting the privacy and security if patients who may utilize the technology, Reed said.