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Buyer's Guide: HIPAA Compliance Products

'Ain't No Particular Way'

HIPAA is big, and no single vendor has a silver bullet for total compliance (see "Legal Eagle: Wanna Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?"). To borrow from a Shania Twain song, there "ain't no particular way" to satisfy the act's security standards. Congress made HIPAA technology-neutral not only to allow for new systems as technology advanced, but also because it knew no two health-care providers are exactly alike.

Health-care providers differ from one another in terms of their security risks and the strategies needed to mitigate those risks. A provider's security setup will depend largely on the product's cost and the technical capabilities of the provider's record systems to maintain PHI.

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