What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is the acronym used for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act instituted in 1996. The act requires organizations that work with sensitive health-related information to adhere to national standards for code sets, unique identifiers, and data security. This act is in place to protect sensitive information (as related to health and identity) belonging to individuals.
How does HIPAA fit with printing? Statements, bills, id cards, welcome kits,EOB’s and medical documents are all printed and mailed. Many medical organizations have thousands of patients and require a printing facilty to print and mail information sensitive documents. Being a HIPAA compliant printer means there are regulated processes to handle sensitive client information.
How can a Printer be HIPAA compliant?
Third-party certification is not recognized or mandated by the US government, but it is a way for businesses to make sure they are compliant with HIPAA procedures. Third party company’s assess current data security and help make corrections to make the organization HIPAA compliant. It is a great way for non-medical industry organizations to show that they understand HIPAA regulations.
For handling documents with sensitive medical information, employee education is essential and most important. HIPAA training and testing guarantee that staff know and understand the correct ways to handle sensitive information.
The facility must also be secure for printing, assembly, and the mailing of sensitive medical information. The printing facility must also put an emphasis on keeping passwords, network access, and electronic files safe and secure.
Premier is HIPPA compliant and understands the importance of data compliance. No one wants to take risks with sensitive client information. You need to know and trust that your printer is able to securely print, assemble, and mail your client’s information. By working with Premier, a HIPAA compliant printer, you know that we understand what it takes to handle your sensitive data correctly and safely.
Did you know that Premier will send out over 30 million medical ID cards this year? For more information about our HIPAA compliant facility contact firstname.lastname@example.org