Sword & Shield’s HIPAA Compliance Program (HCP) provides a cost-effective way for organizations to ensure on-going compliance with the HIPAA security, privacy, and breach notification rules.
If your company manages and processes patient health information, your company must achieve HIPAA compliance. Furthermore, maintaining this status is an on-going task.
Compliance is the Law
For HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates, safeguarding patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) is required by law. The HIPAA Security Rule requires that a periodic risk assessment of an organization’s technical and non-technical safeguards be conducted. This is necessary to determine whether or not the appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of ePHI.
Maintaining Compliance Requires Perseverance
Information systems and administrative processes evolve over time. Technological advancements related to the storage and transmission of ePHI often out-pace an organization’s ability to ensure the necessary steps have been taken to protect a patient’s information. HIPAA laws are subject to change and an organization may be unaware that they are non-compliant. Most organizations do not have the time, resources, or skill set to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing HIPAA compliance landscape.
Breaches of ePHI
Breaches of patient data have become a well-publicized and disturbing trend. The Department of Health and Human Services maintains the HHS Wall of Shame website that posts all data breaches affecting more than 500 individuals per breach. Even an alleged breach can result in an investigation of your organization by the Office for Civil Rights. A breach can cost an organization not only in penalties and fines, but also damage to your reputaion and loss of revenue. Patients, covered entities, and business associates want assurance that ePHI is protected.
Sword & Shield’s HIPAA Compliance Program (HCP) provides your company with a road map for achieving and maintaining HIPAA compliance.
HCP – The Benefits to Your Business
HCP represents much more than a single Risk Assessment/Gap Analysis project.
The program is a partnership between Sword & Shield and your organization. The goal of the HCP is to help subscribers achieve and maintain a highly secure and compliant state well beyond the initial assessment. Sword & Shield becomes a true security and compliance partner engaging with you on upcoming changes to HIPAA laws, system security requirements, and emerging products and services from which the HCP subscriber may benefit.
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