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HIPAA is complicated, but easily learned. The Catalyze HIPAA and Interoperability Academy walks you through the intricacies of HIPAA, HL7, and FHIR—from the highest concepts to the deepest details.

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The complexity of FHIR explained. Extinguish the mystery of healthcare's latest standard.

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This guide explains the typical process of how to integrate with hospitals or health systems.

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Total Cost of Ownership of Healthcare Integrations Guide

Understanding the costs of integration is a challenge because many initial an ongoing costs are hidden. This guide breaks down the formulas of how to measure the cost of a typical integration.

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Academy Articles

HIPAA HL7 FHIR Glossary

Healthcare

MACRA and MIPS Explanation

There is confusion in the industry around MACRA, MIPs, and APMs. It begs the question, Is Meaningful Use dead? The confusion is justified as the…

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HIPAA 101 - A primer

This article assumes no prior knowledge of HIPAA and is meant to present a very high level snapshot of what HIPAA is and who it impacts. HIPAA stands…

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What is HITRUST?

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. – Thomas A. E…

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Proving HIPAA Compliance

I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof. - Rodney Dangerfield Anybody can,…

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Business Associate Agreements

The HIPAA Privacy Rule outlines the types of entities that are covered by HIPAA and entities that have to follow the HIPAA security and privacy…

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HIPAA, Subcontractors, and BAAs

Our mission is to help developers build health apps and technology. Specifically we want to offer tools and services to deal with the security and…

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Customizable HIPAA

It might seem strange but communicating directly with individuals about their health is a pretty new concept. It's part of larger trends in…

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Why HIPAA is not PCI

This post is part an answer to a question on Quora about HIPAA and different types of hosted infrastructure options. You can read more on Quora here.…

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The HIPAA Security Rule

The HIPAA Security Rule operationalizes many of the standards set out in the Privacy Rule. Specifically the Security Rule spells out, in various…

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HIPAA and Data Breaches

One of the most important aspects of HIPAA has nothing to do with technical security like encryption or backup or logging or any of other…

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The HIPAA Privacy Rule

Overview The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets many of the terms used for HIPAA, outlines the types of entities that need to comply with HIPAA, defines…

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HIPAA Risk Assessment and Management

Probably the first thing to consider when going down the path of compliance, or really the first thing to think about regarding security…

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HIPAA and Encryption

Encryption is one of the standards that exist within the HIPAA Security Rule (164.312(a)(2)(iv)). Specifically encryption is used as a means of…

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HIPAA Auditing and Logging

Auditing is an important part of the HIPAA Security Rule, but there not prescriptive controls around auditing. According to HIPAA Security Rule -…

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HIPAA Data Retention Requirements

HIPAA requires that business associates and covered entities retain the following for at least six years from creation date or last effective date,…

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The Who and How of HIPAA Enforcement

When people talk or write about HIPAA, it's always presumed that there's an enforcement aspect, though enforcement is rarely explicitly discussed. As…

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How do you do HIPAA training?

There are standards within the HIPAA Security Rule to train all organization workforce members. That means all employees, as well as contractors, of…

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HIPAA and Multi Tenancy

Multi tenancy is a key security design requirement Catalyze provides HIPAA compliant and HITRUST CSF Certified hosting and integration solutions for…

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HL7

HL7 101 - A primer

HL7 (Health Language 7) is a "standard" utilized by the healthcare industry to enable messaging between applications i.e. EHR to PMS…

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HL7

HL7 102 - Anatomy of an HL7 message

In the previous entry, we gave you a quick introduction to HL7 and its design - message types, segments and code sets. What I've come to also…

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How to integrate with Epic (or any EHR)

You did it! You made your first big sale to a hospital. Your product is live. You proved your efficacy, and the impact with clinicians and patients…

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Introduction to FHIR

FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is a new and emerging standard being developed under the auspices of the Health Language 7 (HL7)…

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Glossary New to HIPAA? Still learning new technical vocabulary? Start with our glossary where we break down the basics, from understanding HIPAA's relationship to the "cloud" to what explaining APIs. Visit the glossary