HIPAA, HITECH and the challenges of a 'business associate'

Kevin McDonald of Alvaka Networks talks about why his designation as a "business associate" has changed his compliance priorities, particularly with HIPAA.

If you're working with a covered entity's customers on HIPAA security compliance, you are considered a "business...

associate" under the HITECH Act, and you are therefore subject to HIPAA compliance rules yourself.

Kevin McDonald, executive vice president and director of compliance practices at Alvaka Network, an Irvine, Calif.-based network, security and managed services consulting firm, is no stranger to this type of situation.

In this edition of Patrolling the Channel, McDonald talks about:

  • His most challenging HIPAA requirement.
  • The HIPAA-related technical controls he's seeing implmented most frequently.
  • Why his fellow solution providers may be behind the eight ball.
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This was first published in April 2010

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