Small Practice HIPAA Compliance
HIPAA compliance is complex, and there is a critical element of assessment and planning that needs to go into your compliance strategy. HIPAA compliance has a long list of requirements, and overlooking even a single one can mean serious consequences for your organization.
And yet, smaller medical practices assume they can get away with incomplete HIPAA compliance and sub-par cybersecurity measures, because they think it will go unnoticed.
But is that really the case?
Small Healthcare Organizations Are Still Targets For OCR & Cybercriminals
Sorry to break it to you – your small size won’t protect you from OCR investigations or cybercriminals:
- Fresenius Medical Center was handed a $3.5 million fine after five data breaches, each of which affected fewer than 300 patients.
- A Wyoming community health system, with no more than 90-beds, was hit by ransomware late last year. In the aftermath, they had to cancel appointments and suspend services, severely affecting their patients, and their ability to operate.
Is It Time To Double-Check Your HIPAA Compliance?
You are required by HIPAA to regularly revisit your HIPAA compliance policies and procedures in order to make sure they keep in line with changes to regulations, and changes within your organization.
While you could do so on your own, it’s smarter to have your IT company like Network Heroes assess your HIPAA risk potential. This assessment covers the following considerations:
- It should consider any and all risks to any and all PHI, in terms of its privacy, availability, and integrity. It’s important to determine and document where the data is being stored, received, maintained or transmitted.
- Potential threats need to be identified and documented, as well as their probability of occurring, and the result of their occurrence. Using this information, a theoretical level of risk needs to be determined.
- Your cybersecurity needs to be assessed and confirmed to be in line with HIPAA standards (if not stronger and more extensive).
- All information involved in and resulting from the assessment needs to be documented, and formed in an Action Plan, to address any potential noncompliance and mitigate risks.
Don’t Struggle With HIPAA Compliance On Your Own
As you well know, HIPAA compliance is a massive undertaking, with many obstacles and complications involved. Why would you try to manage it without expert help?
The Network Heroes team understands how complicated HIPAA compliance is, and that organizations of your size need to focus their available personnel on treating patients. That’s why we’ll handle your HIPAA compliance for you.
When you choose to work with us, we will:
- Conduct a risk assessment to identify gaps between your existing security measures and compliance requirements.
- Implement the proper technical safeguards to address gaps and secure electronic protected health information.
- Assist in creating the policies and procedures needed to keep your staff operating in a way that’s compliant at all times.
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