HIPAA, HITECH, GDPR…These terms are constantly popping up in texts about medical technologies and newly released projects in the healthcare industry. Ok, all these projects need to be HIPAA-compliant or stick to GDPR requirements – but what exactly does it mean?
The notions can seem quite vague and confusing. But if you are working in the healthcare domain, planning to engage with healthcare IT services companies or thinking about building a medtech device, you’d better get to know them better.
HIPAA in the USA, GDPR in the European Union – these standards have been adopted to ensure privacy, security, and integrity of protected health information.
What does that mean in practice?
- They aim to ensure data privacy and confidentiality.
- They allow patients’ access to their healthcare data.
- They reduce fraudulent activity and improve data systems.
- They establish healthcare data legal use and disclosure.
- They define penalties for non-compliance.
These characteristics move the standards from a mere recommendation to an obligatory act to follow.
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However, certain requirements are not as rigid as they first may seem, as both regulatory acts introduce broad concepts. In our infographic we have tried to detail the main elements of HIPAA and GDPR rules to provide a comprehensive Healthcare Standards Compliance Guide. If you have a great idea in mind that will revolutionize digital healthcare, take a look at the infographic below before contacting an Internet of Things software development