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Intranet Site for Medical Practice

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We are wanting to setup an Intranet site for our medical office and we're looking for suggestions.   There are lots of providers available but we'd like to keep it simple without spending a huge amount of money.

We're looking for something that will provide a place to post ads, department information,  file sharing etc;    

Thanks for any help you might have ....

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If this is a medical office, you likely will need to use a system that is HIPAA compliant.  That narrows down your choices (i.e.  you can't use Joomla or WordPress, or probably any of the free intranet systems).  It's my understanding that HIPAA compliant software is not cheap.
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>>> you likely will need to use a system that is HIPAA compliant

Does this apply if the site is accessible only internally, as opposed to being online?  Can you point to resources on the requirements for internal-only web/file services in the context of HIPAA?

Sorry to derail/hijack, but this seems relevant...
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I know from experience (people who work in the medical industry, and we've had this kind of discussion).  The HIPAA compliance is required regardless of whether it's internal or external software.

Just a quick Google turned up:

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http://www.hipaajournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/HIPAAJournal-com-HIPAA-Compliance-Guide.pdf
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Excellent information, zephyr_hex.  Thank you.

@jtbrown1111: So you can scratch just about my entire answer...  neither Joomla nor Wordpress is going to provide those kind of safeguards out of the box.  The alternative is to do the site, but make very, very sure no patient information is ever put on it.  It would be fine for office-specific memoranda, MOTD, training docs, etc.  If you want something like a patient portal, or an internal site to transfer patient-specific images/information, you're going to need to go big.
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We have decided to use WordPress to build our internal site open only to those on our network.   Thanks for all your help and information ,  greatly appreciated ...