Since the passage of HIPAA in 1996, healthcare consumers have been given a broad range of protections. Consumers have more choice in how their individually identifying information is shared. Providers carry the responsibility of regulations, compliance and meeting the needs and wishes of individual consumers.
Email security has become more relevant as smartphones have flooded the market and nearly everyone has access to email. With the majority of web traffic now occurring online, understanding the ins and outs of mobile security has never been more important — yet studies have shown that many organizations are lagging behind when it comes to mobile security. Enviromerica is there to ensure that the growing consumer demand for ePHI is provided in complete compliance with the Office of Civil Rights- Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.
Strengthening The Weak Links In Your Cyber Security Strategy
Suggestions for preventing security breaches begin with encryption. According to OCR Director, Leon Rodriguez, “Encryption is an easy method for making lost information unusable, unreadable and undecipherable.” Healthcare IT News recommends the following actions:
> Regular HIPAA security risk analysis.
> Encrypting any potentially compromising emails.
> Frequent pen testing to identify hidden vulnerabilities.
> Employee training for
> Engagement with a community of your peers to stay up-to-date.
> Understanding HIPAA Regulations for ePHI
The HITECH Act was signed into legislation February 17, 2009. HITECH guidelines require that any entity covered by HIPAA must report breaches of protected information affecting 500 or more people within 60 days. The first reported breach occurred in 2010. As a result of this breach the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched an educational initiative to provide best practices to healthcare organizations and care providers.
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With over 18 years’ experience in regulatory compliance Enviromerica understands the intricate system of laws, regulations, inspections and documentation needed to ensure you are safe, compliant and reduce liability. As of 2013 Enviromerica is the California Medical Associations exclusive preferred vendor of choice for regulatory compliance and waste management removal. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help!
Learn more about HIPAA Compliance, Cyber Security, IT managed Services and more, by getting in touch with Enviromerica today. We can ensure that you receive the best advice for optimizing your healthcare practice.