Security Awareness Tips for HIPAA Compliance

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA was introduced to safeguard the information, which is generated by the healthcare organizations. HIPAA not just ensures that the sensitive information of the patient is protected by the healthcare organizations, covered entities, business associates, but also makes sure that the transmission of the information to other institutions is streamlined.

HIPAA covers “‘individually identifiable health information’ held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or medium, whether electronic, on paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information protected health information”. 

Security Awareness Tips for HIPAA Compliance

Security Awareness Tips for HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Security Tips, Awareness and Training:

This is something, which is very vital for the covered entities. It involves acquiring administrative safeguards to meet HIPAA compliance. The security awareness and training by the covered entities should be done frequently to ensure the smooth functioning and also prevent the access from unauthorized sources.

Encryption:

Encryption is a regular norm when it comes to Information security in general. Encryption is very critical when it comes to data security from going in unauthorized hands. Hacking, improper disposal, loss, theft, and unauthorized access and other intrusions like these can easily be prevented if the data is encrypted.

Train the Personnel

All the healthcare organizations must look into the fact that the staff and the personnel who deal with any kind of sensitive information of the patient is trained and know how to tackle threats of various kind.  Cyber security, being one of the primary concerns for the employees, if not trained, can pose as a big threat. Knowingly or unknowingly if any employee presses some button that can give intruders the path to invade in, it can become quite a problem for the healthcare organization.

Vigilance: –

Vigilance is the Key Breaching and hacking are common possibilities that one should be ready to face. The Office for Civil Rights’ checklist lists the steps of a proper response after a breach of HIPAA-protected material:

  • Carry out your response and mitigation steps. 
  • Stop the attack and contain the threat to privacy and security. 
  • Report the incident to law enforcement. 
  • Submit the relevant cyber threat indicators to federal and information sharing and analysis organizations (ISAOs).

Notify the Office for Civil Rights quickly, within 60 days following the detection of a breach that compromised at least 500 people.

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