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Even if you’re not a medical office or clinic, if your business deals with HIPAA-regulated industries at all, there’s a pretty good chance you should be following HIPAA news as well. And really, following the headlines of an industry that takes protecting confidential data very seriously is never a bad thing. Here are some recent headlines that should be paid attention to, especially if you’re a HIPAA-regulated business.
The end of the year is almost here. If your healthcare organization hasn’t had at least one Security Risk Assessment in the last 12 months, your organization may be out of compliance. Keeping up with HIPAA and Meaningful Use regulations and requirements can be a huge drain – both financially and emotionally. Small practices generally cite insufficient staff or time to keep the practice running while also researching and creating the required security practices, policies and procedures as well as ensuring staff is getting HIPAA training. You’ve been entrusted to care for your patients, and that includes protecting their ePHI. We know it’s overwhelming and Weston is here to help.
A hospital in the UK was hit with ransomware and had to cancel surgeries and operations . Could your business survive if a major part of it was shut down for five days unexpectedly? There are solutions. While ransomware prevention is the ideal primary goal, getting back up and running quickly is paramount to long-term financial stability. Having a good business continuity plan is critical and we encourage you to read our whitepaper on healthcare business continuity.
From HealthcareITNews, more breaches happened in Q3 of 2016 than in the previous two quarters. Some 118 security incidents were either reported to the Department of Health and Human Services or first disclosed in the media in Q3 2016, compared with 89 in Q2 and 63 in Q1. Based on the types of breaches from the article, proper protections may have alleviated some of breaches or prevented them from happening in the first place.
We’ve talked about ransomware more than a few times on our blog and newsletter. It’s a horrible type of malware that will hold your data hostage until you pay a price to get it back. If you’re a HIPAA-covered entity or you work with HIPAA-covered entities as a business associate, you need to pay extra attention to ransomware protection because if you get infected, you may have to report it. Read on for all the details.