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October 2007

Vendor compliance management: Are health care software vendors HIPAA compliant?

Your doctor recommends you have an angioplasty to clear the arteries to your heart. At the hospital, you start in the admissions department, giving all your personal information to a stranger who enters it into a computer. What you don't realize is how vulnerable your personal information has just become and how many people who have nothing to do with your health care now have access to it. Hospitals exist to take care of patients, not to write software, so they typically purchase it from third parties. HIPAA covers only health care and insurance providers but not the companies that produce software used in health care. How can the health care industry comply with HIPAA if the software companies are not accountable for the security of their products? Let's continue with our hypothetical visit to the hospital to uncover other software vulnerabilities and learn more about the importance HIPAA vendor compliance management. The doctor runs you through a couple of tests to assess your condition. You are attached to a PC where an ...

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