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HIPAA Readiness

This Privacy Policy does not address viaMD's compliance with laws or regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which also has certain privacy requirements. To obtain more information regarding viaMD's HIPAA readiness visit the viaMD HIPAA Readiness Statement at www.viaMD.com/HIPAA.


On August 21, 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, was signed into law. HIPAA impacts all areas of the health care industry and is designed to provide insurance portability, to improve the efficiency of health care by standardizing the exchange of administrative and financial data, and to protect the privacy, confidentiality and security of health care data. The various provisions of HIPAA are enforced via rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Currently, HHS has issued final rules with respect to transaction and code standards and health care data privacy procedures. HHS has also issued a proposed rule addressing technical and procedural security standards whose purpose is to protect patient health care information.

In general, the HIPAA regulations apply to health care providers, health insurance companies, and health care clearinghouses as well as certain business associates of such covered entities. While viaMD is not a covered entity under HIPAA, we understand that the HIPAA privacy rule mandates that some customers (who are covered entities) obtain specific assurances from viaMD related to the protection and maintenance of protected health information under HIPAA. viaMD appreciates the challenges that HIPAA will impose on our customers and we stand ready to give our customers assurance that viaMD will be vigilant in its protection of health care data and intends to fulfill its obligations under HIPAA.

At viaMD, the protection of the confidentiality of our customers' data has always been a fundamental concern, and thus we have set up a number of technological and administrative processes in order to address this concern. The viaMD information system contains certain security mechanisms designed to permit only the authorized parties to access to the data available via the viaMD system. [viaMD to add other steps they are taking to ensure data security]

viaMD's corporate policy is to observe all existing state and federal laws and regulations relating to the transmission, storage, and access to records and other health care data, and to maintain the security and confidentiality of patient-specific information. Therefore, viaMD is taking steps to comply with HIPAA well in advance of the compliance dates for covered entities.

viaMD's administrative, technical and physical safeguards are designed to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of our customers' data. These safeguards, as well as all viaMD corporate policies, are continually being reviewed and updated as part of viaMD's ongoing effort to protect the privacy of our customers' data and to comply with HIPAA and all applicable laws.

For more information regarding viaMD's HIPAA Readiness please email [email protected].

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