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                                       When the department of ‘Health and Human Services’
                                       office for civil rights imposes the first ever civil penalties
                                       for violation of the HIPAA privacy rule, it is no wonder
                                       then that even legal experts are warning medical
practitioners of heeding to HIPAA compliance requirements down to the last detail. The
penalties of $4.3 million and $1 million were just the drastic measures for small time healthcare
providers to wake up and take HIPAA enforcement seriously. With the OCR reacting to breaches
seriously, there are indications of more fines and lawsuits in case of compliance, risk
assessments and incident planning failures.

From failure in providing medical records to patients, to being careless about medical records,
all such compliance failures can prove costly for healthcare providers. HIPAA enforcement asks
for every covered healthcare provider to responsibly protect their patients’ health information.
Such providers need to understand that the OCR is unwilling to accept human errors as excuses
for non-compliance.

Especially, small health care providers and practices should ensure that they are fully HIPAA
HITECH compliant and in order to do that, they need to put in place the right infrastructure and
effective and economical solutions. Most of such small medical practices face problems when it
comes to processing, storing or handling personal health information. They are unable to
manage the high costs of setting up IT controls and maintaining ongoing sustainability. What
such small medical providers need is an inexpensive, yet efficient solution that meets all their
compliance requirements.

This is where SecureGRC from eGestalt can be a great
answer to the compliance woes of such small medical
practices. SecureGRC can assist in identifying, remediating
and maintaining HIPAA and HITECH compliance for such
healthcare providers. This unified security monitoring solution understands your concerns
pertaining to HIPAA and HITECH compliance and comes with the added advantage of being
delivered as a cloud service. This ensures that it is always up to date with the latest versions
and revisions of healthcare compliance regulations as well. A patent pending solution,
SecureGRC is a multiple award winning solution that has been designed keeping the small
healthcare provider in mind.

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Description: When the department of ‘Health and Human Services’ office for civil rights imposes the first ever civil penalties for violation of the HIPAA privacy rule, it is no wonder then that even legal experts are warning medical practitioners of heeding to HIPAA compliance requirements down to the last detail. The penalties of $4.3 million and $1 million were just the drastic measures for small time healthcare providers to wake up and take HIPAA enforcement seriously. With the OCR reacting to breaches seriously, there are indications of more fines and lawsuits in case of compliance, risk assessments and incident planning failures.