HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, refers to a set of laws intended to help protect the privacy of patients and their protected health information (PHI). HIPAA, as well as HIPAA HITECH (The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) apply to healthcare providers and organizations, and also their business associates.
As a company that provides outsourced answering service services to medical offices, healthcare providers and other entities in the health and medical fields, our company, Answering Service Care, falls under this “business associate” category and as such, we take compliance with HIPAA privacy rules very seriously.
We are committed to protecting and securely storing and exchanging our answering service clients’ (and their clients’ and patients’) protected health information. That’s why each of our answering service agents is HIPAA-certified and proficient in how HIPAA applies to callers, patients and your practice.
Most of the more common ways of relaying answering service messages to our clients – including text/SMS, email, video calls, live, recorded, fax and pager – are not considered secure by HIPAA standards.
To that end, we have developed proprietary software that allows us to achieve HIPAA compliance while still providing our healthcare/medical answering service clients with easy, one-click ways to retrieve their phone messages. Our secure messaging service is a web-based encrypted messaging app that transmits encrypted data between our answering service operators and our clients.
Secure, compliant…and still easy to do business with us. As a premier answering service, it is our goal to be fully compliant and to make it easy and efficient to work with us. Our secure portal and messaging system is both secure and easy to work with, and our clients know we have their best interests at the heart of all that we do. Click here to download our HIPAA agreement.
If you’d like to read more about the latest on HIPAA, this is an exhaustive list of modifications to the HIPAA security rules and this is the official HIPAA government site.
In business since 1974, Answering Service Care is a true leader in the industry. We’d like to show you – and your callers – just why this is.
We believe in technology, and we believe in people, too. Call today, our phone number is (800) 430-6511. You can also send us a message.