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Horizon Information Systems, Inc. Achieves HIPAA Compliance with Compliancy Group

Horizon Information Systems, Inc, a Johnstown, PA-based developer of software solutions for human service and community action agencies, has achieved compliance with the standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with Compliancy Group.

The human services software solution developed by Horizon Information Systems comes into contact with protected health information, so the company is classed as a business associate and is required to comply with certain provisions of the HIPAA Rules.

“Our software is built to handle sensitive data belonging to real people and reputable organizations that we want to ensure are adequately protected. As technology advances, so do our efforts to safeguard all personal and health information,” said Horizon Information Systems.

To ensure the company is fully compliant with all appropriate aspects of the HIPAA Rules, Horizon Information Systems partnered with Compliancy Group. Horizon Information Systems used Compliancy Group’s proprietary HIPAA methodology and tracked its progress toward compliance using Compliancy Group’s compliance tracking software, The Guard.

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After completing Compliancy Group’s Six Stage HIPAA Implementation Program, Compliancy Group’s HIPAA subject matter experts and Compliance Coaches assessed Horizon Information Systems’ good faith effort toward HIPAA compliance and confirmed the company had implemented an effective HIPAA compliance program.

After demonstrating compliance with the necessary regulatory standards of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification Rule, and Omnibus Rules and the HITECH Act, the company was awarded Compliancy Group’s HIPAA Seal of Compliance.

The HIPAA Seal of Compliance demonstrates to current and future customers that a company is committed to ensuring the privacy and security of protected health information and has taken the necessary steps to ensure HIPAA compliance.

 “Maintaining the HIPAA Seal of Compliance is a top priority at Horizon Information Systems, Inc. Horizon Information Systems, Inc. will be vigilant with the protection of sensitive and personal health information. Horizon believes in purposeful training that not only highlights how to remain compliant, but also teaches why we need to protect the data our software is designed to manage,” explained Horizon Information Systems. “Horizon offers an array of programs in the industries of Housing, Human Services, and Business Operations. Horizon employees are trained to respect the sensitivity of the data stored in these programs, and they are extensively educated in best practice methods of protecting our users and ourselves from any potential threats.”

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.