Ensure HIPAA Compliance with the Right Solution
The adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) and the increasing reliance on information technology in the
Healthcare Industry has made it vitally important for organizations to ensure the safe handling of sensitive data.
Full compliance demands that medical practitioners understand the threats and liabilities to protect sensitive
patient data. The HIPAA security standards require medical practitioners to have written security policies and
procedures, including those that cover personnel training and sanctions for security policy violations. Any company
that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network and process
security measures are in place and followed.
Noncompliance with HIPAA brings with it the risks of fines, jail and lawsuits that can impact either individuals or
corporate entities. This renewed focus on HIPAA makes it even more important for healthcare organizations to
ensure appropriate controls and safeguards are implemented, to prevent unauthorized access and disclosure of
sensitive patient data. Organizations subject to HIPAA need to be proactive in their compliance efforts. Not only
healthcare organizations but healthcare entities-payers, business associates and anyone else who deals with
sensitive patient data, is required to abide by the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Specific actions involving
comprehensive business process and technology efforts must be undertaken to achieve and maintain compliance
in the future.
Medical practitioners can implement a wide variety of safeguards and security best practices to ensure
compliance. An effective healthcare compliance program can help an organization spot error in its processes and
prevent small problems before they get out of control, especially when billing to government health care
programs. An effective compliance management solution for small and medium medical practices allows one to
work more closely with the vendor and ensures that all the aspects satisfy the HIPAA security plan.
The key to HIPAA compliance is being committed to staying current with the rules and regulations. Although
difficult, taking the time and making the investment to ensure HIPAA and HITECH compliance has its dividends, if
the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Justice ever decides to pay a visit.
Maintaining compliance with HIPAA standards is a continuous process, hence it is advisable to a comprehensive
solution that has the capacity to provide all-round security to an organization’s data by conducting periodic risk
assessments and ensuring end-to-end security. Meeting HIPAA security compliance begins with a security
management solution, one that enables real-time monitoring, compliance reporting and control management.
Invest in a solution that has end-to-end automation for all your security, compliance, assessment, audit, and risk
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