In the US, conversations surrounding inclusion and related legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act are occurring with greater frequency. More institutional and business leaders are investing in supporting accessibility as their every action, site page and marketing campaign is being examined under a microscope, especially as they connect more with diverse audiences online.

As businesses continue to operate more globally, the accessibility needs of the UK audience simply cannot be ignored. Why? It’s not just because creating equitable experiences is the right thing for professionals at businesses and brands to prioritize, but because it’s worth £274 billion.

That’s right – the spending power of people with disabilities and their households is estimated to be worth £274 billion per year to UK businesses.

More than 1 in 5 UK consumers has a reported disability and businesses who ignore their needs are estimated to lose a whopping £2 billion each month. Luckily, business leaders can take a moment to further understand the challenges individuals with disabilities face online to better meet them and gain their business loyalty.

Online Barriers Play a Significant Role
Do you know if your online content is accessible? Whether it’s your website, marketing videos, live streams or events, your content and design must be clear and simple. That definition translates roughly to a level at which most individuals can engage with it without needing to adapt it, but with a structure in place to support those who do need to make adaptations.

If you’re drawing a blank, you’re not in the minority. While Forbes reports that digital accessibility is being reframed as “an all-out business win, not a compliance burden” most business websites are failing audiences and consumers with disabilities. 97.4% of 1 million homepages tested had detectable WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) failures.

The Society for Innovation, Technology and Modernisation also found that just 4 in 10 local council homepages – government bodies which are often held to higher standards than businesses – failed basic accessibility tests. Websites are often the biggest culprit in the realm of inaccessibility.

Yet with the online spending power of individuals who are disabled reaching approximately £16 billion, an inaccessible website can translate significantly to your business’s bottom line. Additional estimates show that 4.3 million online shoppers with disabilities click away from inaccessible websites and have a combined spending power of £11.75 billion in the UK.

Taking the steps to partner with a brand like accessiBe or add accessibility widgets that offer options like magnifying text, add captions like Verbit’s to recorded marketing videos and live streams or offering audio description capabilities to individuals who are Blind can make a serious difference in retaining these consumers.

Legislation to Keep Top of Mind
The UK’s Equality Act of 2010 replaced a formerly piecemeal approach to anti-discrimination laws. The EQA, which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act everywhere except Northern Ireland, demands the protection of individuals living with disabilities. It aims to prevent discrimination based on categories, such as age, sex, religion, sexual orientation and political affiliation. The UN Convention on disability rights has also been agreed on by the UK to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities in the region.

With the Equality Act of 2010 in mind, leaders at public entities and businesses can do more to follow its guidelines and support the accessibility requirements of today’s UK consumers. Making reasonable accommodations for people living with disabilities often comes in at very little cost, but the amount businesses will lose in ignoring these needs – whether they’re fully obligated to or not – will cost them significantly. In fact, 75% of individuals with disabilities and their families have walked away from a UK business because of poor accessibility or customer service. That’s a clear statistic you business cannot ignore.

Verbit is working with corporations and businesses across the world to help support them on their accessibility journeys with AI-based technology. Verbit’s accurate captioning and transcription which can be applied to live and recorded audio, such as podcasts, and videos and events, is helping them engage online audiences and target consumers more effectively in real-time. With most ‘free’ tools on the market not meeting accessibility benchmarks, Verbit’s highly accurate services can come in to better support today’s UK consumers’ accessibility needs.

Verbit was ranked No. 1 in Power in Diversity Israel’s 2021 Women in Startups Report for the best representation of women in large companies of 500 employees and more. The report was based on 424 startups and 70 venture capital firms surveyed.

Power in Diversity Israel, which commissioned the report, uncovered gender diversity numbers and insights, reasons why diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are important for startups and how to successfully promote inclusive practices.

Noteworthy companies joining Verbit at the top of their categories include Zencity, which secured the leading spot in mid-size companies of 100-500 employees and Darrow, which secured the top rank for small companies of 50-100 employees.

With Verbit’s core mission centered on making the world – including classrooms, workplaces and online environments – more inclusive, it has made inclusive hiring practices one of its leading initiatives. Verbit employs 1,000 people globally, and women amount to 60% of Verbit’s workforce.



“All the recent research done on the subject of gender diversity shows that it significantly contributes to the business achievements of companies,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Co-Founder, Verbit. “It produces different and varied directions of thinking and action that lead to more effective solutions in a large proportion of cases.”

At Verbit, 44% of managerial positions are held by women and the percentage of women in technological positions is about a quarter of all employees.

“At a time of fierce competition for quality manpower, I believe more and more women should be promoted into the industry,” Livne said. “Women should be encouraged to learn technological professions from an early age. If we make the field accessible to them and remove psychological obstacles, we will have a strong and creative workforce, working hard to reach goals, curious and loyal. One that I am personally proud to work with.”

Additional noteworthy 2021 Women In Startups report findings include:

The report also explored that people and culture, business development and product development all impacted the investment and benefit of DEI in the startup industry.

“A start-up that is attentive to the contribution of an inclusive culture, will reflect the variety of its customers’ identities in its own workforce. This will bring added value to the company and its ability to attract a diverse client base and grow its business. Companies who have a diverse management team and understand the value of DEI, demonstrate better financial results, are able to add improvements and changes to their product offering, and are more effective at problem solving and critical thinking,” the report states.


The report noted key connections among pain points, challenges, goals and how DEI policies can be instituted to serve them. For example, more diverse recruiting efforts can be considered when a startup’s leaders find themselves experiencing high turnover or fast expansion.

Power in Diversity Israel is a joint venture consisting of 60+ Israeli VC firms and 170+ Israeli startups to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the Israeli tech industry. The full report can be read here.

Many educators are aware that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key ingredient in the ed-tech tools they’re using or considering purchasing. Fewer can articulate what AI actually is.

While AI continues to gain traction in education and in a variety of different industries and business use cases, professionals in K-12 schools often aren’t aware of the benefits it can offer them. AI is being used by many educators to better meet the needs of students with disabilities and help teachers who often report feeling overworked be more efficient. Also, AI is shown to save 20-40% of a teacher’s time. That stat translates into about 13 extra hours per week—time which could be better spent to support student learning.

Online and hybrid learning increase the opportunities to turn to AI to address K-12 students’ daily needs. K-12 educators should take note of AI to drive both their own success and the success of their students. 

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

On a high level, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is technology that simulates human intelligence. AI creators aim to build technologies that produce, communicate and recognize much like a human would, but faster and more efficiently. Simple tools like calculators were once considered AI, but the technology has greatly evolved in the education space.

Educators can now use AI technology to personalize learning to their students, make teaching online easier and improve communication with parents. K-12  educators shouldn’t be fearful if they don’t understand the inner workings of AI. Instead, they can rest assured that applying AI is easy. The sooner they do, they’ll be able to better address accessibility needs for students with disabilities, better manage their classrooms and share information more easily with students and parents.

Applying AI in K-12 Schools

Here are some key technologies based on AI that educators can start leveraging in K-12 classrooms:

Start Dipping Your Toe in AI

AI technology isn’t designed nor capable of replacing beloved teachers. Rather, it will help educators ensure better, more engaging learning experiences. AI will enable K-12 instructors  to teach more efficiently with time-saving classroom technologies and offer greater accessibility for students with disabilities or those who are struggling while remote.

Verbit’s in-house AI was developed for the education industry’s needs. Consider starting by offering useful tools like captioning and transcription that adhere to ADA guidelines to help K-12 students  learn with equity and in more engaging formats when online. 

To enhance the learning experience with effective AI technology designed for your K-12 schools’ needs, reach out.

Today, Verbit announced it has acquired education and government industry veteran Automatic Sync Technologies. Automatic Sync Technologies is renowned for its transcription solution and expertise and was initially developed by a team of experts with a grant from the US Department of Education.

The acquisition furthers Verbit’s leading market position in the US transcription and captioning space, as well as accelerates Verbit’s penetration into the government arena. Verbit’s education customers will benefit from additional functionalities to democratize video accessibility at their institutions. With Automatic Sync Technologies, Verbit will further advance on its path toward promoting institution-wide inclusion by offering more efficient and effective transcription, captioning and audio description services.

“Together with Automatic Sync Technologies, Verbit can create greater impact by bringing its high-quality transcription to more students, professionals and consumers,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “I’m thrilled to have such a strongly recognized team and product join us on this journey.”

The Great Value of This Acquisition

This acquisition will provide all universities and partners with a more comprehensive offering and full domain expertise. The two companies share the same vision of the education transcription market and the evolution from accessibility based on disability requirements to greater engagement and inclusivity for all students.

Kevin Erler, CEO, Automatic Sync Technologies furthered this sentiment by stating, “We are excited to join the Verbit family. Their vision for the present and future of video accessibility and the planned investment in us will empower us to bring the vision of why we started this company 18 years ago to life. Now we can invest more aggressively in our product and make our roadmap and vision into realities.”

Verbit also acquired VITAC, a specialist in real-time captioning and transcription, in May. Verbit will continue to accelerate its expansion with more strategic acquisitions, where it can identify companies that will allow Verbit to invest more in specific industries.

With Automatic Sync Technologies and VITAC within the Verbit domain, unmatched value will be provided to all customers, including a complete suite of content accessibility solutions, supreme accuracy that meets ADA guidelines, fast transcription, robust integrations with LMS and video hosting platforms and dedicated customer support.

More on Automatic Sync Technologies

Automatic Sync Technologies has been providing closed captioning services for over 17 years, producing more than 5 million caption files for over 5,000 customers. In 2003, AST was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Education, providing the company’s initial funding. Founders Kevin Erler, Ph.D. and Brent Robertson then worked in collaboration with a team of expert advisors to develop the most cost-efficient, high quality, closed captioning service available today.

Scott Ready, Director, Customer Success and Accessibility Evangelist at Verbit, was recently the featured guest on Accessibility.com’s “Accessibility Matters” video series. Ready has worked in the accessibility realm for over 25 years. In his role at Verbit, he currently works with leading universities and institutions to ensure their learning environments are accessible to students with disabilities, among others.

Some of his greatest work revolves around efforts to promote a proactive stance to accessibility measures, encouraging universities to craft plans to provide accessibility measures, such as captioning, to students and audiences from the get-go, rather than responding reactively to one-off requests for access.

Ready was interviewed by John M. Griffin, Publisher, Accessibility.com, a site which focuses on providing education and resources on digital accessibility, physical accessibility, disabilities, relevant laws and more. The site’s mission to create objective and trustworthy information and resources to become a catalyst for equal access to the physical and digital worlds.

“A friend of mine used to say, ‘What cranks your tractor? What gets you up in the morning?’ What really motivates you in doing what you do on a day-to-day basis. I would have to say in my field, it is really enabling education to be experienced by all with as low of a barrier as possible,” Ready said. “I can’t say that we remove all barriers because there are so many barriers that are out there. If I feel like we can eliminate some of the barriers, then I feel like it’s been a win.”

The video interview can be watched in full here:

Ready spoke about the power of captioning and transcription and ways that all students, regardless of disabilities, can benefit from access to technologies that offer these additional consumption formats to them. He went on students utilizing transcription tools can avoid having to take copious notes and instead focus on the lecture at hand to better digest course information and rest assured that a word-for-word transcript will be provided to them after class to reference and study from more effectively.

Find out more and watch additional episodes featuring the likes of Jim McCann, Founder, 1-800-Flowers.com and Alycia Anderson, Founder, Alycia Anderson Company here on Accessibility.com.

In the past, students needed to contact university administrators every time a Zoom or web conferencing link for one of their classes changed. It needed to be updated in the system by the school administrator. The result? This process prevented or delayed the accessibility they needed to participate in courses effectively. It also clogged the schedules of administrators tasked with this important responsibility.

Verbit’s leaders are excited to announce its launch of Student Access, which solves these challenges for our customers. It ensures that students’ accessibility needs are taken care of without delay by giving them the power to edit the details of courses booked for captioning and even upload course terminology and materials themselves to ensure greater captioning and transcription accuracy by prepping the AI to ‘learn’ the course terms and be ready to detect them correctly once mentioned in the class.

“Providing equity to students as they learn in hybrid and online environments is more critical than ever before,” said Tom Livne, Verbit’s founder and CEO. “Verbit’s team members are experts in accessibility and engagement, making us well poised to launch a fully accessible option for live captioning and transcription which fuels student success.”

“With Student Access, all individuals can receive the accessibility they need – when they need it and how they need it. School administrators will feel the difference instantaneously as well,” Livne said.

How Student Access Solves Prior Challenges

Previously, only school administrators were able to make changes to classes for captions and transcriptions. With Verbit’s new offering, students have more authority to edit class conference link details and more. This new process ensures that students have full access in their courses without delays. Administrators can now spend their time more wisely and provide students with more accessible education as well.

Students also weren’t taking advantage of Verbit’s glossary tools, which allow for course materials to be uploaded prior to class for improved captioning accuracy. Prior to the launch of Student Access, administrators using Verbit often did not have the bandwidth to upload these course materials for their students or weren’t able to always get them in time from their students. Allowing students to now upload their own course materials and relevant keywords into Verbit directly means they’ll receive more accurate captions of live courses and can manage this process themselves as they get their hands on relevant documents from their instructors.

Students Will Benefit From Access to Transcripts for Studying

In addition to more accurate live captions and having peace of mind that the web conferencing link for their courses is always updated and correct, with this new offering, students will also be able to locate past course transcripts more easily. Students will have one place where all past class transcripts are stored to reference them easily for studying. In the past, they needed to scour through their inboxes to find each one or contact the school administrator and wait until they received the transcripts.

These features not only create a more engaging and efficient learning experience for students, but ensure that our customer schools are adhering to the ADA, WCAG 2.1, SOC 2, HIPAA and GDPR guidelines. Verbit’s leadership is thrilled to be facilitating a more accessible and engaging learning experience for students while providing them with the opportunity to take their daily needs into their own hands.

For more information on Student Access and its benefits for our customers, click here.

Verbit will now provide more Kaltura customers with greater video accessibility. Verbit and Kaltura have expanded their partnership to offer Kaltura customers advanced AI-based captioning, incredible speech recognition technology and fast delivery times to meet the needs of today’s video audiences.

Following the shift to virtual events, online learning and remote work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, more of Kaltura’s customers are now taking advantage of Verbit’s trusted Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). As a result, they’re providing enhanced video experiences, fast accessibility and increased engagement to their audiences.

“We’re thrilled to bring our collaboration with Kaltura to the next level, servicing world-class universities and corporations of all types and sizes,” said Jacques Botbol, Vice President of Marketing at Verbit. “We look forward to our continued collaboration as we bring transcripts and captions of the highest quality to Kaltura’s customers.” 

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A Partnership Fueling Greater Accessibility

With greater online learning and video resources being shared, Verbit and Kaltura are embarking on a joint mission to make all video and audio content accessible and actionable. Together, the companies have a shared goal of delivering technologies that offer better accessibility to students and video audiences globally.

The new partnership extends beyond meeting baseline accessibility. In addition to helping individuals with disabilities, such as those with hearing and vision loss, Verbit’s end-to-end captioning will offer all Kaltura platform users with the ability to offer all students and viewers searchable transcripts and multi-language captioning so that all viewer needs and preferences can be accounted for.

Offering Built-In Captioning to Kaltura Customers

Kaltura customers now have the ability to easily request captioning and transcription within the Kaltura platform itself, removing the need to get captioning through an outside integration or manual upload process.

Kaltura’s customers will also benefit from captions produced by a combination of Verbit’s unmatched AI and its network of 35,000 professional transcribers to deliver 99%+ accuracy needed to meet ADA guidelines and accessibility benchmarks.

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Making Video Captioning Easier

Verbit’s expanded partnership with Kaltura will make captioning video more attainable and easier to those using the platform. With Verbit’s captioning and transcription technology built-in, Kaltura will be able to address the growing need to provide live and on-demand video experiences that are more engaging and equitable.

Leading businesses and institutions, such as Virginia Tech and many others are already benefiting from Verbit’s and Kaltura’s important relationship and integrations to help drive inclusive and accessible learning experiences within video platforms like Kaltura. To learn more about how Verbit is helping to make live and recorded videos more inclusive and accessible to Kaltura users and others, please reach out.

Last year, companies shifted to virtual events out of necessity and under extreme circumstances. As the world emerges from the restrictive environment that the pandemic created, savvy business leaders are using what they learned to build hybrid events to fuel networking opportunities and meet their KPIs. Research states that 96% of marketers see hybrid events as the future.

Verbit gathered Chad Blaise, VP of Growth at Bizzabo, and Charlotte Copeman, Director of Technology at Kaltura, to share how business leaders can maximize new event experiences. Wondering what a hybrid event entails and the value-add of including live and virtual audiences? Watch the video where they explore more on these factors:

1. Witness Solid ROI

The overwhelming consensus that hybrid events will grow in popularity is partly related to the public’s increased familiarity with virtual communications. However, the real reason these events are so popular is that they work. 86% of B2B organizations reported that hybrid events led to a positive ROI.

2. Reach a Wider Audience

Most people agree that live events are best for engaging an audience, connecting with others and building meaningful business relationships. However, not everyone is ready to commit to attending live events again, whether it stems from uneasiness due to COVID-19, the topic’s relevance or the forum’s location. Hybrid events, therefore, attract both in-person participants who are able but offer a virtual alternative to attract people who wouldn’t have attended otherwise. With so much involved in producing an event, reaching the largest target audience possible delivers the highest payoff for increased brand awareness, connections and potential prospects down the line.

3. Test New Strategies & Engage Audiences

The best hybrid events cater to all attendees, but many business leaders producing events do not understand how to do so effectively. One study found that 71% of event planners report that engaging live and virtual audiences at the same time is the greatest challenge of hybrid formats. The same survey found that 39% of virtual attendees at hybrid events felt excluded.

It is not enough to simply stream live speakers to virtual audiences. Simultaneously engaging online and in-person participants requires specialized tools, efforts and strategies. However, it also presents an opportunity to test out new engagement techniques to see what is possible and what resonates best. There’s nothing like an A/B test to plan for the future.

Get Expert Advice from Speakers at Bizzabo & Kaltura

Hybrid events are new, but Blaise and Copeman are experts in the events game. They understand how to power and execute successful virtual and hybrid events. They also have tips on using video effectively and engaging audiences to create fun and inclusive experiences for them.

Verbit’s team also supports corporations with their in-person and live-streamed events happening on platforms like Zoom to ensure they’re engaging and accessible. Watch as these corporate technology thought leaders share how to inform your business’ event and engagement strategies going forward.

Watch the video here now.

Today, Verbit announced it has closed its Series E funding round at $250 million, bringing the company’s valuation to $2 billion just five years after it was founded.

This new round will further enhance Verbit’s market leadership in the transcription industry, as well as the value that the voice AI platform brings to customers who rely on Verbit’s technology and team of transcribers to ensure all environments are inclusive.

“This funding round is a vote of confidence in our ability to solidify our position as the market leader within the transcription space,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “We built a powerful technological platform to modernize this industry and our strategy to build vertically integrated, voice AI solutions has brought tremendous value to our customers and enabled their businesses to become more accessible.”

Background on the Series E Round

This fundraise was led by Third Point Ventures, with key participation from existing investors Sapphire Ventures, More Capital, Disruptive AI, Vertex Growth, 40North, Samsung Next and TCP. It comes after securing a $150 million primary investment and $100 million in secondary transactions.

“Verbit’s exceptionally talented team has achieved scale and leadership in an incredibly short time. We are excited to significantly increase our investment in Verbit and look forward to continuing to contribute to the company’s evolution and growth trajectory,” said Robert Schwartz, Managing Partner at Third Point Ventures, who will join Verbit’s board of directors.

Verbit’s total funding now exceeds $550 million (including secondary transactions). Since Verbit raised its Series D funding of $157 million last May, the company’s valuation has doubled. This robust new round demonstrates investor confidence in Verbit’s promise to revolutionize the $30 billion transcription market.

Following tremendous company growth

Verbit’s employee headcount has grown to 450, along with 35,000 freelancer transcribers and 600 professional captioners globally. Verbit now serves as the trusted captioning and transcription partner for over 1,600 customers across the media, education, corporate, legal and government sectors.

Verbit’s team has been constantly improving its AI platform to offer greater opportunities for the company to deepen its commitment to accessibility needs. With advanced technologies and full integrations into video-focused platforms, Verbit’s customers will be able to embrace digital transformation and operate more efficiently with customized workflows that meet their unique transcription and captioning needs.

Going forward

With this financing, Verbit will increase investment in product development and continue the company’s vertical and geographical expansion. Verbit also plans to pursue further M&A opportunities to add scale and new capabilities to enhance its value to media, education, corporate, legal and government clients.

“Verbit is a special company combining exceptional technology-driven organic and inorganic growth in the transcription marketplace,” said Schwartz.

Verbit will only continue to deliver greater value and customization to customers and individuals who utilize the secure platform for all of their captioning, transcription and additionally accessibility needs. This milestone marks a greater stride forward in Verbit’s leading mission: to make all content and environments more inclusive to everyone.

For more information on this news, please feel free to contact Alison Smith at alison.smith@verbit.ai.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects sensitive medical information. The US federal statute dates back to 1996, and details standards that prevent the spread of private data without a patient’s consent. 

HIPAA protections extend to transcription service providers when transcripts include medical information. As a company that handles data subject to HIPAA protections, Verbit takes this obligation seriously and maintains compliance. Any entities that use transcripts with HIPAA protected patient information should ensure that they provide adequate security and that their transcription providers do as well. 

When does HIPAA Compliant Transcription Matter?

Transcripts often contain medical information, especially now that many doctors’ appointments, courses and depositions are taking place virtually. Sometimes the need for HIPAA compliance is obvious, but there are other cases where the requirement to protect information might be less apparent. 

Medical Purposes

If a doctor is transcribing a conversation with a patient, they must ensure HIPAA protections for that information. This requirement applies to physical medical care as well as therapy and mental health services. 

During the early days of the pandemic, telehealthcare appointments spiked by 154%. Although that number has leveled off, it’s still far higher than before COVID-19’s widespread lockdowns, and many experts believe that the trend will persist well into the future. Telehealth is popular for its convenience, but it’s important to ensure that the move to online appointments does not lead to a loss of patient privacy protections.

Legal Matters 

When people file a lawsuit related to injuries or trauma, they must prove their damages through medical evidence. Hospital records, doctors’ opinions and other medical information will be critical to their case- but it’s also private and protected by HIPAA. 

Depositions frequently include medical testimony and records, so legal transcripts need to comply with HIPAA. Like telehealthcare, virtual depositions increased during the pandemic. While the number of remote depositions jumped to 90% at the height of lockdowns, current projections indicate that around 50% will remain that way indefinitely. The convenience and cost-savings make this format appealing for lawyers, court reporters and others involved in litigation. However, the deposition transcripts, which are vital for the attorneys, need to comply with HIPAA, beginning from when the court reporter takes the initial recording through the sharing of any of those files.

Medical Schools 

Students in medical school or studying to become mental health professionals may use patient files as a part of their training. In these cases, students and educators must also ensure that transcriptions comply with HIPAA

How to Protect Medical Transcripts

Medical data protection

Knowing when HIPAA applies is only part of the challenge. Professionals handling protected information need to learn how to ensure they are protecting patient information. When discussing medical information, whether with a patient, other providers or in a deposition, using a HIPAA compliant transcription provider is one of the most critical factors. 

Transcription solutions, including Verbit’s, implement robust encryption standards to protect sensitive data. The platform integrates with Zoom to offer HIPAA compliant transcription services for virtual depositions and other conference calls requiring this security level. Ensuring data stays private is the right thing to do, but it’s also the law, and violating HIPAA can lead to serious legal complications.

Consequences of HIPAA Violations 

The legal ramifications of a HIPAA violation vary based on the severity and culpability of the entity responsible for protecting personal healthcare information. In the least severe cases, where the exposure of the data is unintentional and the provider took reasonable care to comply, the financial penalty can still be as high as $50,000. The worst cases involve willful neglect and no attempt to correct the violation, with the minimum fine for a single violation being $50,000 and maximum fines reaching $1.5 million per year. 

Violating HIPAA can also be a criminal offense. There is a possibility of up to one year in jail in minor cases, while severe and willful violations can lead to a prison sentence of up to ten years. Given the serious nature of such violations, taking the time to understand HIPAA compliance and security standards for transcription services is essential. 

Security Beyond HIPAA

Finding a HIPAA compliant transcription provider is vital whenever transcripts contain private healthcare information. There are additional security measures that software as a service (SaaS) providers cantake when handling sensitive information and client data. 

One indicator of security for SaaS companies is SOC 2 compliance. Requesting a SOC 2 compliance report is an excellent way to vet outside vendors who are handle private data. By ensuring the proper protections are in place, professionals can transcribe the information they need without putting private patient data and themselves at risk. 

Verbit provides HIPAA compliant transcription services and SOC 2 compliance to protect client data. To learn more about transcription and accessibility tools, including captioning, audio description and translation solutions, contact Verbit.