The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a nightmare for many medical project managers. HIPAA describes what qualifies a person for “guaranteed issue”, a process in which insurance companies can’t refuse certain clients due to pre-existing conditions.
More importantly for project managers, HIPAA also outlines the standards for keeping health care information secure and the standards for electronic billing and other processes–regardless of if the patient is updating their Facebook and Twitter feed with all the details of their ailments.
HIPAA standards are important for medical project managers, even if they don’t want it. It enforces regulations that protect patients’ healthcare information. It has a significant impact on how project managers set-up their data centers and how they share that data.
TrueVault, a HIPAA-compliance software company, notes that HIPAA compliance is not an easy process. However, there are only four obstacles project managers must overcome in order to be compliant.
Software for Project Management Software that is HIPAA-Compliant
HIPAA compliance is obviously a bigger issue than how one interacts software or how software interacts patient information. Therefore, no software solution can make your medical facility HIPAA-compliant. There are however, some project management software features that can help. These include:
These requirements mean that there is no project management software specifically for HIPAA “covered entities.”
1. Intuit QuickBase
Intuit QuickBase can be a great choice for established healthcare providers and medical facilities. Intuit QuickBase offers many traditional project management features, such as task delegation, reporting, and communication among team members. However, it can also be paired to Intuit’s HIPAA Admin, Physical, and Technical Assessment app, which assists medical businesses in managing their processes to comply with compliance standards.
Price: Prices start at $15 per user per Month; prices vary depending on how many users are enrolled and what features they choose.
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Redbooth On Premise is a highly secure system that medical directors have used over the years. Some may be familiar with Redbooth under its former name, Teambox. Redbooth On-Premise is a great choice for larger medical firms, according to Ken Coburn, CEO and Medical Director at Health Quality Partners.
Price: Variable. $150 per month for a group of 10.
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Security, security, security. Projectplace is an ISO-27001 certified service. It also has a Norton secure seal, and was awarded the Qualys Secure seal. This means that no one will be able to hack into the project information system. Projectplace, which uses a simple Kanban system to facilitate communication between stake holders and team members, is especially effective. Individual users can set their own restrictions and sign-ons to limit access to secure files if they are concerned about security.
Price: Variable; starts from $29 per user per month.
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TenRox, a cloud-based software, is well-known for its amazing reporting features. It is also certified by AICPA and ISO-27001 for security, making it an international leader in secure data. TenRox is a powerful toolbox for project management that can be used by large medical facilities. It can do everything from budgeting to expense tracking to risk assessment.
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