HIPAA Compliance: What is It?

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For several organizations, the main question about HIPAA is “What is HIPAA compliance?” When it comes to software, organizations may ask, “What is HIPAA compliant software?”

The truth is, physical products such as hardware or software cannot be “HIPAA compliant.” The HIPAA laws apply to organizations, not to hardware and software. 

So, what is compliance in HIPAA? An organization can be “HIPAA compliant” if it implements the safeguards of the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules in a reasonable and appropriate fashion. 

There are also benefits of being HIPAA compliant. For example, an organization that adheres to HIPAA standards avoids fines, legal issues, and a litany of other problems that could impact their credibility within the industry.