ioFax HIPAA Compliance Statement (HIPAA Fax Services)
ioFax is an internet fax service provider which provides online fax services with enhanced security, SSL access and encryption for inbound/outbound fax messages.
What is HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. The Administrative Simplification section of this act that has a pervasive effect on health plans, billing agencies, information systems vendors, and other providers. Within the provisions in this section, HIPAA requires improved efficiency in healthcare delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange (EDI) and protection of confidentiality and security of health data through setting and enforcing standards. More specifically HIPAA calls for:
- Standardization of electronic patient health, administrative and financial data
- Unique health identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers
- Security and Privacy standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of "individually identifiable health information," past, present or future, (e.g. Encryption of data during transmission, Authentication and Verification of the sender and receiver)
Who is affected by HIPAA?
The Act specifies the following as "covered entities":
- Health care providers
- Health plan
- Health care clearinghouses
Although ioFax does not fall into any of the above categories, as a provider of internet faxing services that handle patient data, HIPAA indirectly affects us. As a "business associate" of covered entities, our products must be able to HIPAA's requirements. As an organization, our own security measures must comply with the law since we have the capability of storing, accessing and transmitting patient information.
ioFax and HIPAA
ioFax is fully committed to complying with relevant regulations. Should you wish for more information or clarification on any HIPAA related issues that involve ioFax, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
We rely on our 3rd party partners like AWS service, InterFax fax services, Phaxio fax services that are also provides HIPAA compliance services