Supporting and implementing HIPAA compliancy is a key requirement for every healthcare professional. HIPAA requires all covered entities such as small practices to train their staff in patient privacy issues and establish policies for handling protected electronic patient information. Small physician groups that might have assumed they were exempt from government data-security regulations received a rude awakening in 2012, when a five-physician Phoenix-based cardiac practice was fined $100,000 for failing to comply with the privacy provisions of HIPAA. With the Department of Health and Human Services gearing up for a major audit of HIPAA compliance in 2016, it's crucial for healthcare professionals who may have overlooked the latest HIPAA rules to do a tune-up and an overhaul of their practices.

The 2016 Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program

"The Office for Civil Rights, under HHS, is ready to begin the next wave of HIPAA compliance audits on covered entities. Find out what they should expect and how to prepare." For details, please visit: http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/compliance-enforcement/audit/index.html

Data privacy and security is a key requirement for every healthcare professional. HIPAA requires all physicians to train their staff in patient privacy issues and establish policies for handling protected electronic patient records.

iMARSMED offers free tools that you can use to ensure compliancy across multiple platforms — your medical website, practice management software, EHR, cloud storage, etc. For example, adding HIPAA compliant forms on your website is the first step towards ensuring patient data safety. Encrypted and secure web forms are not only mandatory to collect ePHI but also give confidence to your visitors. The use of these forms will help ensure patient data safety and security under the HIPAA guidelines. There is no need for any additional security scripts or certificates to install on your website or server.

5 Steps to Make your Web Site HIPAA Secure

While HIPAA permits patient records to be transmitted over the Internet, doctors and healthcare facilities should insist on a service that offers file encryption, authentication and password protection.

Although HIPAA does not require online data storage services to have encryption, it does require that patient information be adequately protected and accessible only to authorized persons. Finally, sensitive patient information and documents must be protected from any unauthorized persons or any former employees after they have left or been terminated. Sensitive and personal information is safe from unauthorized access and fully compliant by guidelines set forth by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In addition, we have developed and utilize a secure connection, as well as a state-of-the-art password protection protocol that virtually eliminates breaches by robotic data mining and data hacking efforts.

Appointment Requests

Patients are able to request and book appointments, get confidential appointment reminders, and have access to change and modify upcoming appointments.

FileSharing for healthcare

Free web email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail are not secure, and no electronic Protected Health Information should be sent through these systems. Messaging and file sharing by iMarsMed, helps by streamlining your communication, while enabling you to be compliant for healthcare.

Patient Portal

iMarsLink, our novel patient portal, is a “patient-centered” gateway to promote a greater degree of collaboration between clinicians and their patients. Patients are engaged and have full access to up-to-date content and information about their health and treatment progress.

Private Messaging

iMars Systems offers a simple and easy-to-use messaging system optimized for maximum security and privacy, as mandated for healthcare. Email in general is not secure. There is no reliable way to know that the person receiving the email is the intended recipient.

Personal Health Records

iMarsLink - An innovative approach to "Personal Health Records"