The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare care system, while also establishing national standards for privacy and security protections for health information. The following information regarding HIPAA is not legal advice and is provided for information purposes only. Axion Communications encourages you to seek legal advice from an attorney to obtain specific guidance-related compliance with HIPAA and the requirements applicable to your business.
HIPAA includes three primary rules:
The Privacy Rule
The Security Rule
The Breach Notification Rule
HIPAA generally applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and to most healthcare providers. These are referred to as “covered entities.” Additionally, persons or entities (like Axion Communications) who perform functions or activities on behalf of a covered entity that involve access to PHI may also be considered “business associates” subject to certain HIPAA standards.
You can learn more about HIPAA requirements from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
It’s important to know that HHS does not endorse or recognize private organizations’ HIPAA “certifications”. Some service providers may claim that they or their systems are “HIPAA compliant” or “HIPAA certified”. These claims are misleading, as compliance with HIPAA and other applicable laws and regulations will depend on your particular use case and context.
Axion Communications is committed to protecting your data, including the PHI of your patients. Axion Communication’s UCaaS solutions have been designed with features to support you in complying with HIPAA, while also enabling you to make the most of your communications with patients. However, primary responsibility for compliance with HIPAA rests with you. You are responsible for your use of the Axion Communications service and for ensuring that your use of the Axion Communications service complies with HIPAA and other applicable laws.
Our legal, compliance, and security teams work across the company and alongside our customers to understand and meet customer needs. Axion Communications has implemented the following safeguards to meet HIPAA requirements:
Below is additional information of which you should be aware and that will help you comply with HIPAA when communicating through the Axion Communications service:
Keep in mind, Axion Communications cannot give you legal advice. Compliance with HIPAA and other applicable laws and regulations will depend on your particular use case and context. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice or to determine how legal requirements apply to your use of the Axion Communications service. Axion Communications encourages you to seek guidance from your legal counsel regarding the requirements of HIPAA and other relevant laws and regulations to ensure compliance.