"Healthcare providers needed a better way to document compliance with the HIPAA security, technical and administrative security rules established under HIPAA." Learn about an Intuit QuickBase application that can be used as a model for managing compliance with HIPAA and other industry regulations.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) changed the way healthcare providers and other companies managed personal health data. Ensuring compliance with HIPAA (and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009) requires extensive training and documentation.
Jim Lieder, an Intuit QuickBase developer and founder of Lieder & Associates, created the HIPAA Admin, Physical and Technical Assessment app to help companies better manage their documentation and processes for meeting HIPAA compliance standards. Lieder, whose first developer contract was with a physician office in Wichita, KS, spoke with us about the importance of HIPAA compliance and what it took to develop the QuickBase app.
What was the driving force behind the HIPAA Admin, Physical, and Technical Assessment app?
Healthcare providers needed a better way to document their compliance with the HIPAA security, technical and administrative security rules established under HIPAA.
I developed this app to help companies guide, document, and score how well they are meeting the provisions of the HITECH Act to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under HIPAA.
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What kinds of companies need a solution like this?
The app was created for health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers who conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically.
This app helps those businesses understand, manage and measure their compliance with the security provisions. It also demonstrates the flexibility of QuickBase in meeting a variety of business needs.
What was the key to successful development of the app?
The first step was to understand the HIPAA security requirements, then to demonstrate it to potential users early in the development phase to get their feedback and then to revise the application to improve the workflow.
What motivated you to share the app to the QuickBase Exchange?
I wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of QuickBase for educating, monitoring and measuring compliance with HIPAA rules and regulations. This application can be used as a model for managing compliance to other industry regulations, too.
What advice do you have for other QuickBase developers?
My guiding principles for QuickBase application development projects are:
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