Maintaining HIPAA Compliance
With more and more contractors working for covered entities, the constantly evolving rules and regulations and the ever-changing cybersecurity threat landscape, maintaining compliance is difficult and complex. However, compliance is critical as noncompliance can lead to large fines, up to $1.5 million per year.
To maintain compliance, companies need to ensure they adhere to the seven fundamentals listed above. They must also be prepared for a HIPAA audit at any time. Companies can do so through self-preparation and detailed documentation. Another important factor in maintaining compliance is understanding the role of cybersecurity.
An effective cybersecurity program will help you stay compliant to HIPAA and other regulations because it protects data against a breach. With the proliferation of electronic health records, a single data breach at a healthcare provider could cause thousands of HIPAA violations if patient information is leaked. To ensure your company and its patient health records are protected, a good cybersecurity plan must include the use of firewalls, protection for all mobile devices, strict guidelines for employees, high-quality antivirus software, a plan to deal with a breach or employee mistake, controlled access to sensitive information, limited network access and restricted access to devices.