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Checklist: What are the HIPAA Safeguards for Compliance?

May 05, 2022

5 minutes


To become and stay compliant, covered entities (health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers who electronically transmit health information) must adhere to and implement the HIPAA safeguards.

In this checklist, you’ll get a more detailed rundown of each safeguard category (technical, physical, and administrative), as well as a deeper dive into the smaller details, including the procedures, actions, and equipment that are necessary for meeting the HIPAA standards for compliance. Fill out the form below to get access to this exclusive checklist and discover what goes into the HIPAA safeguards and how you can become compliant.

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What are HIPAA Safeguards?

HIPAA has established three main types of safeguards to detail what a covered entity needs to meet compliance standards. Each category tackles a different area of security needed to protect PHI by implementing unique security measures. Here’s a quick rundown of each one and what they cover:

  • Technical Safeguards: The technical safeguards relate to the technology used by covered entities to collect, manage, and transfer ePHI. These safeguards detail the procedures that organizations need to take to protect information from unauthorized access including encryption, identity verification, and more.
  • Physical Safeguards: Physical safeguards are aimed at a covered entity's physical infrastructure like buildings and equipment. These safeguards are designed to protect ePHI and the machines that store it from unauthorized intrusion or access. These safeguards include building access management, disposal, and more.
  • Administrative Safeguards: The administrative safeguards tackle policies and procedures to be implemented by covered entities to maintain the security of ePHI. It involves managing the processes used to develop, implement, and maintain security procedures used by everyone who handles ePHI.

Why Do Businesses Need HIPAA Compliance?

For covered entities, maintaining compliance with HIPAA is critically important in order to protect the information of their patients. HIPAA compliance leads to better patient outcomes, increased trust in organizations from their patients and the public, and the avoidance of large fines and immense reputational harm that comes from data theft.

Implementing the security standards set up by HIPAA and its safeguards is critically important for covered entities to continue to provide optimal care and attract new patients.

Learn more about these safeguards today, fill out the form above and use our checklist to see what you have, what you need, and how you can become HIPAA compliant.