GDS is Experienced HIPPA & HITECH!

GDS can consult on a solutions path for healthcare providers to achieve different in connecting their practices to the digital world, and to manage all forms of regulatory concerns. 

The Impact of HIPAA and HITECH

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), enacted 8/21/96, was created to protect the use, storage and transmission of patients’ healthcare information. This protects all forms of patients’ healthcare information from paper to electronic format. The primary goal of HIPAA is to:

  1. Ensure health insurance portability
  2. Reduce healthcare fraud and abuse (medical identify theft)
  3. Guarantee security and privacy of healthcare information
  4. Enforce standards for healthcare information.

The HIPAA Administrative Simplification is an attempt to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system by standardizing electronic transmission of certain health care transactions. The HIPAA Administrative Simplification includes the following three components:

  1. Transactions, Code Sets, & Identifiers
  2. Privacy Standards
  3. Security Standards

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) regulations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has increased the requirements around the protection of protected health information (PHI). The HITECH regulations apply to both electronic and paper records. The breach notification and penalties which only applies to PHI that is “unsecured”, have been increased and now includes civil and criminal penalties for HIPAA violations to business associates. Additional benefits of the HITECH Act include reimbursements for meaningful use of electronic medical records (EMRs) and patients’ rights to obtain copies of EMRs. Symantec can provide the tools and solutions to support the privacy and security requirements of “Meaningful Use” of EMRs.

Who Must Comply?

All entities that create, receive, maintain, or transmit patients’ healthcare information must comply, including but not limited to the following entities;

  • Healthcare Insurance Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare Clearinghouses
  • Physician’s Private and Group Practices
  • Healthcare Clinics
  • Business Associates

Acadian has been doing business with GDS since 2010.  We use their services for network operations center and management of data circuits for our primary communications centers in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana a combination of other managed services across all five of our communications centers.  Click here to read the Acadian Ambulance case study.

“GDS has continued to learn more and more about our business, as well as what is important to Acadian's success long-term. Our satisfaction with GDS continues to improve.”

Joey Branton, CIO Acadian Ambulance