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What is a HIPAA compliant website? A HIPAA compliant website is designed to safeguard PHI from unauthorized access through security and privacy controls such as data encryption, and the use of HIPAA compliant third-party services (such as web hosting and web forms).

Beware website builder and marketing companies’ advice about how to create a website. In our experience, nine out of ten covered entity websites we’ve reviewed do not comply, including ones built by well known health care marketing advisers. Many websites are artfully designed and provide lots of good information. But they’re missing key ingredients of HIPAA.

Many healthcare providers believe their sites are HIPAA Compliant when in fact they are not. Sites that are older, or made on off the shelf website builders are not, and have never been, HIPAA Compliant without significant technical customization.

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An OCR Priority in 2024

Addressing non-compliant websites has become a priority for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), oversees and enforces compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.

In recent years, there has been a significant focus on ensuring that websites and digital platforms used by healthcare organizations comply with HIPAA regulations. Non-compliant websites pose a risk to patient privacy and can lead to potential data breaches, exposing sensitive health information.

To mitigate these risks and ensure patient confidentiality, the OCR has been actively investigating and penalizing healthcare entities with non-compliant websites. This includes conducting audits, issuing fines, and requiring corrective action plans to address identified deficiencies.

Healthcare organizations must prioritize HIPAA compliance when it comes to their websites and digital assets. This includes implementing robust security measures, conducting regular risk assessments, training staff on privacy practices, and maintaining documentation of compliance efforts.

By proactively addressing non-compliant websites, healthcare organizations can protect patient data, avoid costly penalties, and uphold trust and credibility with patients and regulatory agencies.

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HIPAA Compliant Website, Hosting & Marketing Education

Welcome to the HIPAA Compliant Website, Hosting & Marketing Education podcast! We're here to help healthcare professionals stay compliant. Join us for valuable insights on HIPAA regulations, secure hosting, and compliant marketing strategies. Stay informed and ahead of the curve with your host, Alexander Bentley-Sutherland.