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HIPAA certification business for software vendors a good idea?

10:43 EST 1 Mar 2006 | The Healthcare IT Guy

A reader recently asked: Is there a group that ‘hipaa certifies’ online healthcare vendors/providers as Verisign does for security? It would be a neat business idea because I keep reading stats about 50% or lower compliance levels. While I do lots of HIPAA work, I thought I’d invite a buddy of mine who knows even more about the subject to respond to the question. Bob Burns, who’s been working on healthcare IT systems for almost as long as I’ve been alive [he’s gonna kill me for saying that ;-)], wrote back:

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