SCC HIPAA Corporate Statement
As one of the leading providers of Clinical Laboratory Information Systems, SCC is committed to complying with HIPAA regulations and for ensuring that all our products meet the requirements of this legislation by the compliance date.
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. It is the Administrative Simplification section of this legislation that has a more pervasive effect on health plans, billing agencies, information systems vendors, and other providers. Within the provisions in this section, HIPAA requires improved efficiency in healthcare delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange (EDI) and protection of confidentiality and security of health data through the setting and enforcement of standards. More specifically, HIPAA calls for:
Standardization of electronic patient health, administrative and financial data (e.g., Adoption of Transaction formats developed by ANSI and agreement on Standard Code Sets such as ICD-9 to be used for health transactions).
Unique health identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans, and health care providers.
Security and Privacy standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of "individually identifiable health information," past, present, or future, (e.g. encryption of data during transmission, authentication and verification of the sender and receiver).
Who is affected by HIPAA?
The Act specifies the following as "covered entities:"
Health care providers
Health Care Clearinghouses
SCC and HIPAA
In anticipation of the final ruling, the Proposed Rules for Security and Privacy standards are now being analyzed and a comprehensive assessment of all our products, as well as our organization's own security measures, policies, and procedures, is being performed to ensure compliance with the law.
Furthermore, a company–wide Awareness Program is to be implemented to make everyone at SCC aware of the importance of this legislation and its specific implementations within the company.
SCC is fully committed to complying with the regulations and for ensuring that our products are HIPAA compliant by the compliance due date. Should you need more information or clarification on any HIPAA related issues that involve SCC, please contact SCC or your Client Services representative.
SCC’s Human Resources team is dedicated to providing quality leadership and service in a knowledgeable, efficient, and professional manner to satisfy the needs of the company and support the morale of employees at all levels to ensure continued success and growth.