Benefits of Certifying

SECURETexas is the only program in the country that offers certification for compliance with Texas and federal privacy and security laws that govern the use of PHI. The fact that certification can be a mitigating factor for fines or penalties brought under the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act adds to the program’s uniqueness and value.

Benefits of certification include:

INCREASED CONFIDENCE. Obtaining this certification will boost confidence of consumers and business partners when they know protections are in place to ensure their private health information remains secure at your organization.

RISK ASSESSMENT. The certification provided by HITRUST can serve as objective third-party evidence of your entity’s security risk assessment, offering the efficiency of assessing once against multiple state and federal regulations.

STREAMLINED REGULATORY ANALYSIS. A certification scorecard provided by HITRUST will streamline any audit or review brought forth by state or federal oversight agencies, thus allowing your organization more time to concentrate on what matters most — patient care.

STATE-LAW MITIGATION. Maintaining the certification at the time of an alleged violation of the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act will serve as a mitigating factor for any civil or administrative penalties brought under the Act.

HIPAA. The certification can serve as objective third-party evidence of your entity’s history of prior compliance with the HIPAA administrative simplification provisions — a factor that the HHS secretary must consider in any action brought against a HIPAA-covered entity for an alleged violation of HIPAA.

To learn more about the certification process, click here.

Did you know?

A single SECURETexas fee can offset the costs your organization may be paying to multiple attorneys and consultants to assess your compliance with state and federal requirements.