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Staying Compliant in Healthcare: Conducting a HIPAA Risk Assessment

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) serves as a constant reminder to professionals in the healthcare field that data security is of utmost importance. Every company that works directly with protected health information (PHI), along with their business associates, is required to complete a risk assessment.

What is a Risk Assessment?

HIPAA requires covered entities, which includes health plans, healthcare providers, and healthcare clearinghouses to complete a thorough risk assessment to determine all possible vulnerabilities in terms of data security. 

A HIPAA risk assessment should determine that your organization is in compliance with all of the privacy, security and breach notification requirements of HIPAA. It is required of both covered entities and business associates. This can be achieved via the risk assessment process, the goal of which is to identify all of the potential areas of vulnerability. 

Why is a HIPPA Risk Assessment Mandatory?  

HIPPA regulations exist to cover data security. Covered entities are responsible for assessing, identifying, documenting vulnerabilities and taking precautions to eliminate or mitigate the risk of a breach.

An organization can be fined for the failure of due diligence to recognize areas where a data breach could occur. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported a wireless health service provider violated HIPPA Privacy and Security rules when a laptop with PHI was stolen from an employee’s vehicle. The investigation revealed insufficient risk analysis and the company agreed to pay $2.5 million and implement a corrective action plan. 

Companies are also subject to a fine fined even if no data has been breached, but they allowed a situation to develop which creates vulnerability. 

What Does a HIPPA Risk Assessment Entail? 

Due to the unique vulnerabilities of electronically stored and transmitted data, a professional in cybersecurity, data protection, and data backups should handle your risk assessment. Wahaya’s cybersecurity and compliance services can assist your organization with internal compliance and the specific requirements to protect you from legal regulations regarding PHI and HIPAA. 

Here is a quick summary of what a risk assessment entails:

A risk assessment should first determine (a) where PHI resides, moves, or is transmitted, and all of the access points. For example, the individuals in an office that have access to patient data and via what media. Interestingly, the rise of mobile devices has created a new area of concern for data security because medical professionals can access data on their phones and tablets.

Then, the assessment should determine the vulnerabilities along all of these touchpoints. That means identifying the threats to data security, which HHS summarizes in four categories:

  1. Unauthorized (malicious or accidental) disclosure, modification, or destruction of information
  2. Unintentional errors and omissions
  3. IT disruptions due to natural or man-made disasters
  4. Failure to exercise due care and diligence in the implementation and operation of the IT system.”

Next, a risk assessment will need to identify and evaluate all of the existing security protocols to protect PHI.

The following step is to determine if these tools are sufficient for data protection and whether the protocols and safeguards are being observed. 

After that, identify the likelihood of a threat. In other words, not all risks are of equal likelihood. As there are limits to an organization’s capacity to eliminate risk, the focus should be on the ones which have a higher probability of occurrence.

Finally, calculate the likely consequences of a breach of PHI. If a breach occurs along any particular touchpoint, how severe would it be? Would it be the release of a single piece of PHI, or one affecting thousands?

Given that so much data is now stored electronically, the risk of a data breach is considerably higher and security is far more complex. It needs to be noted that ignorance of any part HIPAA Guidelines is not an excuse for non-compliance. Failure to do a risk assessment, or to have conducted an adequate risk assessment that failed to identify specific vulnerabilities is, in and of itself, a fineable offense.

Given how quickly the digital landscape changes, it is important to consult an expert with experience in HIPAA related digital security. Wahaya IT Consulting can help protect your business and your patients’ PHI from HIPAA violations with a thorough risk analysis, adding data security measures, and following all security and compliance regulations. Click here to contact our team of IT Professionals!

Office 365 E5 Baton Rouge

Wahaya provides Office 365 E5 and other VoIP solutions to help small and mid-sized organizations with their telephony needs. We pride ourselves on being the most responsive technical and experienced Office 365 team in the Baton Rouge area. We strive to have the lowest downtime for your company and keep your systems running at full speed so your business can do what it’s good at, not fixing IT programs and fixing broken systems.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computing, business continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

Office 365 E5 Hosted Phone Baton Rouge

Wahaya provides Office 365 E5 Hosted Phone and other VoIP solutions to help small and mid-sized organizations with their telephony needs. We pride ourselves on being the most responsive technical and experienced Office 365 team in the Baton Rouge area. We strive to have the lowest downtime for your company and keep your systems running at full speed so your business can do what it’s good at, not fixing IT programs and fixing broken systems.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

Managed Service Provider Baton Rouge

Managed Service Provider Baton Rouge

Current clients of Wahaya IT know why we are the best in the business when it comes to computer support. With top notch technicians and a great team to support your company, you’ll find our service plans and offerings very affordable. We enjoy helping companies of any size with their computing and networking needs. Need special Office 365 help? We can help you create a game plan that stays in your budget and gives you the best configuration and most important, security features.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

IT Consulting Baton Rouge

IT Consulting Baton Rouge

Clients in the Baton Rouge area looking for computer support, all know that Wahaya IT is the best in the business! With top notch technicians and a great team to support your company, you’ll find our service plans and offerings very affordable. We enjoy helping companies of any size with their computing and networking needs. Need special Office 365 help? We can help you create a game plan that stays in your budget and gives you the best configuration and most important, security features.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

Network Security Baton Rouge

Wahaya provides network security for your company and all of your other IT support needs. Our network security programs offers security assessments so we can get to know your network and infrastructure. After we determine what your company needs we will have a meeting and create a managed service plan so we can manage, secure and support you systems 24×7. Our network security assessment includes servers, desktop systems, mobile phones, wireless routers, ISP, email and all cloud applications.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

Baton Rouge IT Managed Services

Wahaya provides computer managed services to help small and mid-sized organizations with every technical aspect a company may need. Our goals are to have the lowest downtime for your company and keep your systems running at full speed so your business can do what it’s good at, not fixing IT programs and fixing broken systems. We also take pride in the fact that we are very responsive at first level calls and getting back to you quickly. Our service level agreements are phenomenal and our engineering staff are friendly as well as extremely talented.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

IT Outsourcing Baton Rouge

Wahaya provides full outsourcing solutions and services to help small and mid-sized organizations sustain growth and reinforce routine processes. We pride ourselves on being the most responsive technical team in the Baton Rouge area. We strive to have the lowest downtime for your company and keep your systems running at full speed so your business can do what it’s good at, not fixing IT programs and fixing broken systems.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!

Office 365 Baton Rouge

Our core services include account setup, migration from your old servers, implementation, aftercare, training and on-going support. We include your Office 365 services in our phenomenal service plans, so you can focus on your work and we focus on keep your technology up to date.

Wahaya offers local support for Office 365 to all of the Baton Rouge area.

Backed by technology experts, we help organizations gain the full benefits of existing systems, make strategic investments in implementing replacement solutions and maintain infrastructure that is secure, dynamic, and reliable. We offer a full range of solutions including a full managed services, mobile computing, Virtual CIO, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computingbusiness continuity, network security and IP telephony.

Contact us today for a no cost consult and see how we can become the most important part of your team, the team that keeps things running!