IPS Technology Services Wins HIPAA Risk Analysis Consulting Contract for Optometry Practice

Troy– May 22, 2013 –IPS Technology Services was recently awarded a consulting project to perform a HIPAA risk analysis for a client. The client—an optometry practice with three doctors—has two locations in southeast Michigan. IPS will work with the office manager and the doctors to conduct a current situation analysis to make sure that the practice is not vulnerable to security threats. IPS will use its own tool and a structured approach to identify the Administrative, Physical, and Technical safeguards for the practice and assess the risk of a security breach. The practice will also receive a set of recommendations to tighten security gaps and become HIPAA compliant.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was enacted by Congress with two titles (or sections). The first title protects an individual’s access to healthcare and portability of coverage when there is a pre-existing condition. The second title—which is of utmost importance to the healthcare industry—protects identifiable patient healthcare information by implementing safeguards to prevent healthcare fraud, providing for medical liability reform and providing administrative simplification to allow for compliance to these requirements.
Under HIPAA, health care providers MUST provide adequate security protection for all patient electronic medical records (EMRs). Disseminating personal, identifiable healthcare information or failing to prevent the theft or use of such information can result in very hefty fines, paid to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Failure to comply with HIPAA regulations can cost a provider up to $1.5 million per calendar year in fines. In 2012, the most prevalent violation of HIPAA was the failure to protect private medical records from theft—an offense that the United States government treats as seriously as the willful dissemination of patient medical records.

Violations of HIPPA can affect large entities such as hospitals, health insurance companies and pharmacies as well as smaller entities like medical and dental practices. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services identifies these violations through randomized audits and audits triggered by non-compliance events. As more patient records are being transferred to electronic media, electronic security and privacy is becoming very important to protect patients and reduce fraud. If not done correctly, healthcare providers put themselves and their practices at risk of fines, lawsuits, and in some cases, jail time for the involved parties.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. CIO Services and Technology Consulting
3. Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development and Digital Marketing

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