The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to protect the privacy and security of patient information. It is a healthcare organization’s responsibility to implement safeguards that ensure patient information is properly protected. Bottom line: protect your patient’s data and your company data.
There are several steps to ensuring that this compliance is met. This includes security policies and procedures, adequate employee compliance training and testing, and an annual risk assessment. Yes, a risk assessment must be performed annually. This means that if your last risk assessment was completed in 2018, it is already time for a new one.
While many organizations may simply check a box to avoid regulatory fines, the true value is creating a secure environment to protect your data. The cost of a cyber breach expands further than simply monetary expenses; it could lead to down time, loss of reputation, and possibly even closed doors.
By following a comprehensive HIPAA program, you will be on the path to compliance and data security. Just like cybersecurity, compliance is ongoing and ever changing. A complete program includes an ongoing solution allowing you to continually enhance your cybersecurity posture while protecting your valuable data.
Want to learn more about becoming HIPAA compliant? Join us on January 31 at 2PM EST for 30 just minutes to learn why checking a box isn’t enough and what you can do to properly protect your data. Register here.