The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) calls for improved efficiency in the healthcare industry through the standardization of electronic data interchange, as well as the protection of confidentiality and security of health data through rigorously enforced regulations. This means, in order to reach compliance with HIPAA, healthcare organizations (and virtually any organization that handles personal health care information) must meet standardization requirements for electronic patient health, administrative, and financial data. Additionally, security standards established by HIPAA exist to protect the confidentiality and integrity of "individually identifiable health information." This applies to current and future records, as well as archived past information.

The new HIPAA regulations apply to every healthcare organization. Healthcare providers, health plans, employers, public health authorities, life insurers, clearing houses, billing agencies, information systems vendors, service organizations, and universities are all accountable to the HIPAA requirements. Compliance for the Transactions Rule took effect October 16, 2002. For the Privacy Rule, compliance is mandated by April 14, 2003.

DCS can help you meet HIPAA requirements, simply and painlessly. We can keep you compliant regarding privacy and chain of custody of personal health information. We understand the HIPAA regulations, and have been working with our clients to meet HIPAA guidelines since the rules were initially published. We can help ensure your healthcare organization is HIPAA compliant, too.

For many in the healthcare industry, the need to meet HIPAA requirements could cause a number of headaches and data processing bottlenecks. Contact us at DCS, or for more information visit