For any responsible and smart medical practice being diligent about HIPAA compliance is not an option. The only question is how to meet and maintain the administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect your patients’ sensitive data. In all cases this starts with a comprehensive risk assessment.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stipulates that healthcare providers
“conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.” (45 C.F.R. §§ 164.302 – 318.)
In a high percentage of data breaches, the culprit can be traced back to a failure in conducting a risk analysis. This type of neglect can expose your business to a litany of headaches, a slew of costly non-compliance fines, and lasting damage to your reputation.
While the HHS doesn’t specify what a risk assessment should entail or the method that should be used, we’ve created a tool that guides users through a series of assessment questions and generates a report identifying and assessing the risk of your electronic protected health information. It’s important to note that the tool does not guarantee compliance with HIPAA and is merely a useful way to see where your practice stands.
At PCIHIPAA a thorough risk assessment is the first thing we do. Our assessment covers administrative, technical and physical safeguards, as well as data backup and security questions. To register and complete the assessment takes at most fifteen minutes. Upon completion your practice will receive a risk score ranging from 1 to 100. In addition, you’ll get a detailed 22-page report assessing your current compliance and risk levels. The results of your risk assessment are kept private and are not given to the HHS.
A security risk assessment is an essential audit, but by itself it won’t make your practice HIPAA compliant. For that we created OfficeSafe™, a comprehensive HIPAA software solution that keeps your patients’ records safe and keeps you current with HIPAA law. OfficeSafe™ makes customizing policies and procedures easy, so that your staff is up-to-date on the proper way to access electronic protected health information, how to identify malicious software attacks and malware, and other important issues. We also offer online employee training to ensure that your personnel understands exactly what is required by HIPAA law. Unlike other data protection services, we provide your practice with an insurance program that protects against HIPAA fines, data breaches and cyber attacks. Healthcare providers are highly susceptible to ransomware on account of the large amount of data they possess, and something as simple as an employee opening a sinister email can have catastrophic consequences. With PCIHIPAA protecting your assets, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that in the event of an unforeseen disaster your business can continue to operate as usual.
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