Security7 Networks will protect your ePHI data from cyber attack.
Why is HIPAA Compliance so crucial for the Healthcare Industry?
The Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the standard all healthcare providers use, and it’s safe to say it’s not going anywhere soon.
HIPAA healthcare compliance allows doctors and hospitals to ensure their patients' privacy, reduce fraudulent activity, improve data systems and save providers billions of dollars each year.
However, for all its benefits, HIPAA is incredibly challenging to keep up. HIPAA regulations and standards change frequently. It's relatively easy to find yourself out of compliance, and it’s easy to make a mistake.
Being out of compliance can cost you a fortune. Penalties for noncompliance are equal to the level of negligence displayed. They can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation (or per record).
In 2014, Concentra Health Services, a subsidiary of Humana, recieved a fine worth nearly $2 million to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) after someone stole an unencrypted laptop from a physical therapy location in Missouri. Had that computer been appropriately encrypted (and Concentra knew that their hardware was not) that hefty fine would have been avoidable.
Your organization needs to safeguard its HIPAA assets by developing a written corporate IT security policy that defines how IT assets are to be protected, expected employee behaviors, and the consequences of violations.
The experts at Security7 Networks can help you do that. There are seven critical steps we take to help ensure you are PHI Compliant at all times. They are:
The first step in the process is to perform an audit. Security7 uses a trusted 3rd party auditing firm to analyze your IT assets and business processes. The 3rd party's primary job is to examine your environment and locate toxic data collection points.
As the audit is underway, Security7’s experts will use established compliance standards to prepare a response plan for you. After the audit results are in and the response plan created, we’ll analyze the results to discover any potential problems that may already exist and prioritize remediation based on risk.
Our experts will implement controls and solutions developed specifically to keep you compliant. After implementation, we’ll give the solution another pass to identify any risks or problems that may have arisen, and we’ll remediate them.
Finally, you’ll be able to generate reports and respond to compliance-related inquiries and demonstrate that you are up to date with current compliance standards.