It’s Time to Review Your IT Contracts

We are constantly surrounded by and agreeing to IT contracts. As everything moves to digital platforms, apps, and online, it is essential to know what to watch out for when reviewing IT contracts.

We can help your practice get up to date and prepared to minimize breach risks from third-party vendors. Subscribe to stay current and up to date on important matters that will impact your practice.  (To subscribe to our blog ).

First, make sure that your data is protected. Your contract should include adequate confidentiality provisions. Nondisclosure agreements are not sufficient to protect private data.

Depending on the type of IT contract and the nature of your business, you might want to include provisions that detail requirements for:

  • Encryption
  • Password requirements
  • Background checks
  • Breach responses
  • Audits and audit logs

Next, look for costly and unnecessary fees. For example, are you paying for maintenance and support that you might not need? This may be negotiable.

You also want to be very aware of exceptions to any provisions that offer you protections. This includes their indemnity to provide intellectual property. The IT vendor should be ensuring that they have all the rights to provide the IT you need. It could be detrimental to your business if you are made aware of a copyright infringement within their software down the line, if your contract doesn’t account for that situation.

Finally, make sure the contract has details regarding what you expect the technology to actually do for you. Clearly written contracts are essential for enforcement.

We help our clients negotiate IT contracts to protect their current and future interests. As always, we recommend that you consult with an attorney regarding your contracts to ensure they are compliant with laws and regulations.

We publish vital information on health law, business law, IT law, and more every Wednesday and Friday. To get this important information delivered directly to your mail box, subscribe to our blog!

Do you need help with your policies and procedures or negotiating contracts with third-party vendors?  We can help. To contact us about your legal needs, call Rickard & Associates today!

Related Posts


Recent Posts

Are You Prepared for an Audit?
May 30, 2023
Why Shouldn’t I Use an Online Will?
May 25, 2023
What You Need to Know About Licensing and Credentialing
May 23, 2023
How Do I Get Out of My Non-Compete?
May 16, 2023
What is a Medical Power of Attorney?
May 11, 2023


Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Subscribe and get your FREE copy of Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments

An essential tool for all healthcare providers, Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments breaks down the requirements of HIPAA so you can successfully complete your required risk assessment. (an $8.99 value)

Thank you for subscribing to the Rickard & Associates healthcare blog. You'll receive a confirmation email shortly. After verifying your subscription request, you'll be sent to the "Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments" download page.