Benefits of Staying HIPAA/HITECH Compliant
Data security is becoming an acute concern for medical and healthcare related companies today. For more than a
decade, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) has been regulating the security and privacy of
the electronic protected health information (PHI) that is used by medical houses, health plans and various medical
service providers. The scope of this regulation got extended with the enforcement of HITECH (Health Information
Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) in 2009.
Today the HIPAA/HITECH compliance standards are mandated for the covered entities and the third-party vendors
associated with any medical organization. Any failure to adhere to these standards would lead to severe penalties
for healthcare companies and their business associates. Simultaneously, with the stringency of these compliance
standards, the medical organizations are uncertain about how these new policies must be applied. Healthcare
organizations are looking for IT security and compliance solutions that would help them to understand:
How HIPAA and HITECH standards impact an organization?
What is required to protect an organization?
Which areas of business pose IT risks?
What are the required IT security measures in order become HIPAA/HITECH compliant and mitigate risks?
How to demonstrate, document and maintain compliance?
In order to address these concerns, service providers have introduced advanced IT security and compliance
management solutions built on a framework approach. It enables companies to have control and enhance
compliance levels over a number of regulations that cover HIPAA, HITECH, and PCI, SOX, ISO, COBIT and other
country-specific regulations. The inbuilt vulnerability scanning technology makes compliance and security
monitoring simple and efficient. Other features of the solution are:
Assists in harmonizing several regulations with automatic updates to any change in the regulatory
Automatically scans the present assets, evaluates their vulnerability to security attacks and offers a quick
status on the present security and compliance levels though security posture management.
Provides ready to use assessment policy document templates that can easily be customized by the users
according their requirements.
Streamlines the complicated and time-consuming process of attaining and maintaining security and
compliance through a simple and easy-to-use self assessment questionnaire.
Highlights the progress status of compliance at any time (dashboards) and lists the tasks that need to be
done for remediation.
Stores information in a SaS 70 Type II secure data centre without the same being removed from the client
Furthermore, advanced IT security and compliance management solutions offer detailed risk analysis with security
and guidance on the essential aspects of medical practices. This helps in addressing the required level of
meaningful use in healthcare to get reimbursements from federation government quickly.
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