Privacy and Security in Healthcare: Why it’s More Important than Ever

The Situation

It was in March 2016 when two California hospitals, Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino and Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, were attacked by hackers demanding a ransom. And security experts are predicting more ransomware attacks to come in the immediate future.

Let’s face it: Healthcare organizations are dealing with an alarmingly fast-growing number of threats to the security of electronic health records (EHR). Breaches, ransomware, and employee data violations are the new normal.

The Challenge

Securing healthcare data while meeting data privacy compliance demands has become a major pressure in the healthcare industry. Organizations are using information systems to reduce costs and to improve the quality of care. Easy-to-use technology enables healthcare staff to be more mobile and efficient, but also increases potential security risks. It is necessary to ensure all these new technological developments are reliable and secure because not only security, but also patient safety can be threatened.

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, establishes the standard for protecting patient data including use, storage and transmittal of electronic health information. HIPAA Compliance and breach prevention is required for Protected Health Information (PHI) and both Covered Entities and Business Associates have unique challenges to overcome to meet compliance.

The Solution

Health IT privacy and security is more than safeguarding data. It’s a proactive approach to be prepared for the worst case scenario. There is no silver bullet to protect data, but when it comes to privacy and security, having a strategy and the right tools in place can make all the difference.

Our short survey guides you through HIPAA security compliance: https://www.primeauconsultinggroup.com/privacysecurity-solutions-toolkit.html .

Our experts never leave a doubt whether or not you’re implementing HIPAA correctly. They designed our Privacy&Security Solutions Toolkit as a simple and affordable monthly subscription service.

Our experience allows us to understand that privacy and security in health IT is more than just safeguarding data. It’s about identifying risks and protecting your healthcare organization’s infrastructure.

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