Organizations, healthcare providers, researchers, companies providing billing and other services to healthcare providers, and others may require that confidential patient information is moved from one system to another. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), along with a more stringent set of requirements (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH Act) that followed the original HIPAA, describes the types of protections necessary to assure a patient’s privacy. Violations of HIPAA have resulted in fines that ran into six figures.
In one recent case, a group of researchers wanted to grab collected data from its clinics for research use. However, to meet HIPAA requirements and ensure research validity, the researchers were not allowed to know the name, age, or any other identifying information regarding individual patients. Patient data had to be anonymized. A script had to be developed that used rules to handle this.
Using Go2Group’s ConnectALL with custom business rules can help an organization move data between or across systems. It can map fields or data within a system (e.g., from a patient management system that requires patient identification data) to another internal system (e.g., a patient billing system that does not require all the information the patient management system collects) within the organization.
Go2Group’s consultants can help organizations define and implement business rules to assure HIPAA compliance. To learn more about ConnectALL, or for information about Go2Group’s consulting services, please contact us.
Doug Bass is a certified Atlassian consultant and trainer and a certified ScrumMaster. He is an experienced systems architect with experience in distributed application design, database architecture, network design, and project management. Author of the first relational database for military applications in the UK and the first java-internet based chat application, Doug teaches classes in object-oriented design. He holds a Masters Degree in Information Architecture. He is a consulting partner for Atlassian’s product suite, and architect of several of Go2Group’s products including the CRM Plugin (JIRA and Salesforce integration), JIRA/Perforce plugin, and ConnectALL (a multi-application synchronization solution). Doug contributes his free time to the United States Power Squadron where he teaches classes on safe boating.