Referral Ease Confirmed as HIPAA Compliant

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Compliancy Group has confirmed Cheshire, CT-based Referral Ease has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the regulatory standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The company was founded by Hugh Finch Jr. DDS, MBA, in response to a lack of available digital solutions for managing patient referrals. “After searching the web and seeking advice from colleagues, Hugh Finch Jr. DDS, MBA, founder of Referral Ease, was unable to find a truly comprehensive platform for eliminating paper referrals. That’s when Dr. Finch shared his dilemma with Marcin Malicki, a software expert, to partner and bring Referral Ease to life. Together, they created a fully comprehensive and HIPAA-compliant solution for one of the last paper processes in Dentistry… referrals.”

HIPAA is a set of regulatory standards governing the security, privacy, and integrity of sensitive healthcare data called protected health information (PHI). PHI is any individually identifiable healthcare-related information. Any vendor that services healthcare clients that comes into contact with PHI in any way, is required to be HIPAA-compliant.

Since HIPAA-regulated information is fed into the Referral Ease platform, the company is classed as a business associate under HIPAA and is required to be HIPAA compliant.  Through the use of Compliancy Group’s proprietary HIPAA solution, The Guard™, Referral Ease LLC tracked its compliance program and completed Compliancy Group’s Implementation Program, exceeding the necessary regulatory standards outlined in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Breach Notification Rule, Omnibus Rule, and the HITECH Act.

Referral Ease’s good faith effort to achieve HIPAA compliance was assessed by Compliancy Group’s HIPAA subject matter experts and Compliancy Group awarded the Referral Ease the HIPAA Seal of Compliance. The HIPAA Seal of Compliance is issued to organizations that have demonstrated they have implemented an effective HIPAA compliance program through the use of The Guard.

The HIPAA Seal of Compliance demonstrates to current and future clients that Referral Ease has implemented an effective program to ensure continued compliance for its cloud-based, tri-directional communication and information sharing platform for clinical referrals.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.

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