How to Become a Certified HIPAA Security Specialist

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There’s no way around HIPAA, the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. In 2003, IT professionals witnessed a boom in business when the deadline approached for health providers, plans, insurers, clearinghouses and business associates to implement the privacy regulations of HIPAA, which is an act that mandates that these companies comply with new national standards of security and electronic data exchange for patient medical records.

 

Recently, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the HIPAA Academy announced that CompTIA’s Security+ certification satisfies the requirements to acquire the Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS) certification. 

 

“Across the nation there is an urgent need in the health-care industry for professionals trained and certified in the compliance requirements of HIPAA Security,” said Uday O. Ali Pabrai, chief executive and cofounder of the HIPAA Academy. “Incorporating CompTIA Security+ into a HIPAA certification track opens career opportunities for IT professionals in the health-care field, while at the same time deepening the pool of potential employees for organizations seeking HIPAA-qualified individuals. CompTIA Security+ was selected for fast-track status because of the breadth of its security content,” he added.

 

To become a Certified HIPAA Security Specialist:

 

·         HIPAA Academy recommends training and certification to the Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) standard. To learn more about the CHP certification, go to http://www.hipaaacademy.net/certProTraining.html.

 

·         For those going deeper into the security aspects of HIPAA, the academy recommends training and certification to the CHSS standard. To learn more about the CHSS certification, go to http://www.hipaaacademy.net/certSecurityTraining.html.

 

·         Professionals who have met recommended training guidelines and who hold CompTIA Security+ and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) certification will be automatically designated CHSS-certified as well with submission of required documentation.

 

For more information about the HIPAA Academy, go to www.hipaaacademy.net. For more information about CompTIA, go to www.comptia.org.

Tanisha Blakely, Editor– tblakely@certmag.com.

 

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