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HIPAA compliance for company building health care application

My company is not a health care organization. However, we are building an online application to simplify the employee health care/benefits enrollment process. Will the information collected through this application fall under HIPAA?

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If your application will involve the electronic storage or transmission of protected health care information that can be used to identify an individual (name, address, social security number, medical history, etc.), then you may very well be covered by HIPAA... that is, at least as a business associate. Without knowing more details of your particular business model/processes, it's hard to completely determine exactly how your organization would be covered. I would suggest engaging a HIPAA consultant to assist you further.

For more information on this topic, visit these other resources:
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This was first published in October 2002

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