You Need a Security Assessment to be HIPAA Compliant

But, Does That Make You Secure?

Security assessments aren’t just a cost of doing business for those in the healthcare profession – they are a requirement to meet HIPAA compliance.

The Department of Health and Human Services requires all organizations handling Protected Health Information (PHI) to have a risk assessment as the first step toward implementing the safeguards specified in the HIPAA Security Rule. This ultimately leads to meeting HIPAA compliance regulations.

But being HIPAA compliant is only a start. Compliance offers some basic security steps, but it does not eliminate your risks or prevent a breach.

Experts agree that healthcare organizations will increasingly be targeted by cyber criminals because their records hold a cornucopia of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that can be used in multiple follow-up attacks and various kinds of fraud. In 2013, 43 percent of all major data breaches involved healthcare data, according to a Websense report.

Healthcare records contain names, addresses, social security numbers, and often times, financial and insurance information that are a cyber-thief’s bread and butter.

Building the right processes into the daily operational environment will enable the healthcare professional to deliver timely services without jeopardizing the safety of the patient’s privacy long after the treatment has taken place.

A good security assessment evaluates all aspects of HIPAA, including the Security, Privacy, Data Breach Notification and Omnibus rules. The analysis should be an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of PHI retained by your organization.

A thorough annual HIPAA security risk assessment will give you an up-to-date analysis of your network and provide you with a remediation plan to address your vulnerabilities.

Sword & Shield can help you learn how to be both compliant and secure.

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