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Can I work from home (and from other country) in compliance with HIPAA?

filip_knezevic
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Filip K Member Since: May 22, 2017
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Can an MSP from USA hire me as a Network Engineer from Europe to help with the network design and implementation for a HIPAA compliant healthcare organization?




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lysis10
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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lol oh dear. This is why you gotta be careful who you give your data to, kids. This is sad. There are lots of rules around this. I experienced this recently with a client who pen tested a healthcare application and he didn't really train me but there were docs distributed over the rules.

 

If you ever accidentally see patient data, you're supposed to report it.

Any PII must be blacked out or removed if it's in a report, documents, et.

IF you access that data, there should be an audit trail.

Under no circumstance should you be saving patient data on your computer.

 

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filip_knezevic
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Filip K Member Since: May 22, 2017
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**Edited for Community Guidelines**

Unfortunately, I'm not a kid. I would like to be 20 years younger, but I am not.

Also, I'm working on firewalls, switches and routers, and have no access to patient data.

In addition, I couldn't care less about patient data.

I could potentially sniff traffic on the firewall if it's sent in plain text format and I try hard, which would be extremely dumb as I have my reputation and I'm respected by my clients, including this one. I'm also making good money on Upwork and would not compromise that. 

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So, again, if somebody wants to help without lmao rofl answers, the question is does HIPAA compliance allow hiring part time employees from other countries. I would have thought that if you send an NDA, confirmation from court and police that I was not arrested or sentenced, etc. it would be fine. But maybe I'm wrong.  Obviously that's why I asked a question. If HIPAA does not allowed unsupervised work, no problem, I can live with that. But Internet and Google, my good friends, didn't provide enough information, so I posted a question here.

I mean, lmao ffs lulz...

Client feels he needs to micromanage my work which is slowing down both of us. My clock is ticking when he goes on lenghty phone calls while I wait around, so I'm not complaning but would still rather do something else, not idly waiting in some occasions. 




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I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
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filip_knezevic
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Filip K Member Since: May 22, 2017
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Why is her rude post left unchanged and my censored???
Really Upwork?
What a disgrace!



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I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
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prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "Can I work from home (and from another country) in compliance with HIPAA?"

 

Yes. You can.

 

HIPAA has no restrictions against working from home or from another country.

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filip_knezevic
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Filip K Member Since: May 22, 2017
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Thank you very much, Preston!
That was all I asked for, not to be lectured from a high moral ground and called, I quote, "rando" from the Internet.
Double standards from Upwork staff are just amazing.
Thank you again.



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I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
7 of 13

Filip K wrote:
Thank you very much, Preston!
That was all I asked for.

Unfortunately, Jennifer's response is closer to the truth than Preston's.

There are very strict rules, including those that affect the use of contractors. This is something your client needs to clarify in advance.

 

If the issue is that the client is micromanaging, that is an interpersonal issue. If the client is excusing the micromanaging with HIPPA restrictions, the client may or may not be right, but you won't make him less of a micromanager.

 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I work with HIPAA-compliant projects nearly every day. From home.

 

Sometimes this is for Upwork clients. Most of the HIPAA-compliant work that I do is not through Upwork.

 

And we have people working from other countries working on our HIPAA-compliant information systems.

 

A basic question was posed, if that is possible. The answer is yes.

 

Providing that basic, accurate answer does not constitute a primer on all things HIPAA.

 

Jennifer was not being rude or anything. Her basic idea was that there is a lot to HIPAA. There are rules and restrictions. Petra: you are correct that there are strict rules associated with HIPAA. But that was not the original poster's question.

filip_knezevic
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Filip K Member Since: May 22, 2017
9 of 13

It sure was insulting, Preston.

She is implying she is working with clients with HIPAA compliance, but she also says it's unacceptable for clients to work with, I quote, "randos from Internet". So that also implies she is better than me from some reason, as she is cool but I'm a Internet rando Smiley Very Happy. It's crazy...

If the premise is not insulting, I don't know what is.




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I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
filip_knezevic
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Filip K Member Since: May 22, 2017
10 of 13

Petra, I understand what you are saying and I can agree, that is why I have posted the question initially as I know those regulations can be strict.

But that doesn't deny the fact her response was very rude (out of nothing) and insulting and preaching, not to mention not being resitricted by Upwork, with mine being. Smiley Happy




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I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
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