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HIPAA and HITECH – What They Mean To Your Business Strategy

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was enacted in 1996 to improve healthcare coverage across the US. It was designed to:

Ensure employees retained health insurance as they moved between jobs
Made healthcare organizations more accountable for health data, to ensure it remains private and confidential
Help prevent fraud and abuse in healthcare delivery
Simplify the administration of healthcare

Of course, HIPAA wasn’t a cure-all.

Launching More Telehealth Visits? What You Need To Know

Telehealth was growing rapidly prior to 2020. In 2019, the global telehealth market was valued at $45.5 billion. Now, because we’re all a little more digitally savvy and have an increasing demand for virtual meetings, that number is expected to rise to $175.5 billion by 2026.

In the middle of COVID-19, the Office of Civil Rights stated it would not penalize providers for noncompliance issues as they leveraged telehealth strategies during the pandemic.