HIPAA Compliance  
 
HIPAA Compliance Statement:

UnisonCare Corporation is committed to provide its customers with the tools and products to facilitate their full compliance with the HIPAA regulations.

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. This law impacts all areas of the health care industry and is designed to improve the portability and continuity of health benefits. It calls for greater accountability in the area of healthcare, simplification of the administration of health insurance, and placement of administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect confidential health information of patients. More specifically HIPAA calls for healthcare providers to adopt sound practices for protecting the confidentiality of all patient information in any form.

How does HIPAA apply to you?

It is your responsibility to prevent disclosure of patient information within your domain to unauthorized parties. If computer systems are used to store or handle confidential patient data, you are not only responsible for the physical security around your computer systems but also required to ensure compliance of all third party vendors, including software vendors. To protect the electronic patient information within your organization’s computer systems,the software system you use should be able to:

  • Enforce reasonable password access to patient information.
  • Enforce reasonable password policy on your system.
  • Allow control over access and read/write privileges of the users.
  • Prevent intrusion or eavesdropping using appropriate technology.

    How does UniCharts™ facilitate these requirements?

    UniCharts™ provide healthcare enterprises a suite of security mechanisms to ensure the highest standards of patient confidentiality, in accordance with HIPAA regulations.

    I. Authentication
    All users must authenticate name and password prior to log into the system. Initial passwords are assigned by the administrator which users can later change to their own private passwords. Passwords are required to change periodically.

    II. Access Control
    It provides privilege-based access to patient information and has several access levels available. Administrator assign priviliges to the system users and they only see whatever they have the right to see.

    III. Data Encryption
    It can be configured to support 128-bit encryption, the highest industry standard, for all the data passing through the network. This ability becomes vital when using wireless networks and the risk of electronic eavesdropping is high.

    IV. Activity Logging
    It has the ability to log all significant chart-related activities. The log is only accessible to administrator who can monitor system activity, any attempts at security breaches and track all significant user actions.

    V. Automatic Logoff
    There is an auto-logout mechanism that terminates inactive sessions after a specified period of time. This ensures that data integrity is maintained and it is protected from unauthorized access.

    VI. Database Security
    Sensitive data such as user passwords are stored in the database in encrypted form. This is achieved using strong cryptographic AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm.

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