David Hunt, Clinical Director/Owner, Elevate Fitness and Rehab
SecurityMetrics gave me the support and help to quickly review my HIPAA compliance.
Get started on your path towards HIPAA compliance
It’s important to know that your HIPAA assessment is worth the money and will protect your organization from malicious threat actors. SecurityMetrics HIPAA assessors are thorough, focusing on creating a more secure data environment, not just checking for the bare minimum HIPAA requirements.
SecurityMetrics assessors have experience with more than just the HIPAA framework including HITRUST, PCI, NIST, GDPR, and more, allowing them to address the big picture of your data security and compliance. You will feel assured that your assessor(s) will have an expert team of qualified security professionals to collaborate and share ideas with, giving you the latest approach to data protection.
When it comes to securing protected health information (PHI), you don’t want to rush through it. A thorough HIPAA assessment takes time, and with our secure file sharing tool, you can track the progress of your assessment and feel confident you're taking care of the necessary steps to secure your organization.
HIPAA (The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is a federal mandate that, among other things, requires organizations to keep patient data secure.
Compliance requires a myriad of privacy and security actions outlined in the mandate’s specific rules, such as password policy creation, patient data protection, and employee training.
The HHS expects healthcare providers to actively work on their HIPAA compliance and tests them through organizational audits. An entity could be chosen for a HIPAA compliance audit at random or because of a reported breach by an employee or customer.
The best way to prepare for a HIPAA audit is by having an aggressive and fully functional HIPAA compliance program already in place. You can perform a ‘mock’ audit by enlisting an experienced and knowledgeable third party to follow the HHS audit protocol.
If you are found in violation of HIPAA, both the HHS and state attorney generals can levy fines against you. In fact, the HHS assesses fees of up to $50,000 per day per violation.
If noncompliance leads to a breach, you are required by law to notify the HHS, your patients, and, if more than 500 records are involved, the media. This could severely damage brand equity and publicly embarrass your organization.
Here are a few data breach costs, fines, and penalties you may not have considered:
SecurityMetrics helps healthcare entities achieve lasting HIPAA compliance.
We offer a guided HIPAA Risk Analysis (the first and most important step toward compliance), HIPAA compliance, HIPAA audits, HIPAA policy templates, HIPAA training, and other security services.
HIPAA compliance is complex and tricky. Enlist experienced SecurityMetrics HIPAA Assessors who can help you on your journey to compliance and protecting patient data.