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5 HIPAA Compliance Tips to Help You Stay Compliant

5 HIPAA Compliance Tips to Help You Stay Compliant

The healthcare industry is the biggest target for cyberattacks because protected health information (PHI), which healthcare organizations handle on a daily basis, is extremely valuable. According to recent reports, the healthcare industry accounted for 79% of all reported breaches in 2020, with botnets, distributed denial-of-service attacks, and ransomware being the most common cyberthreats.

Why HIPAA Compliance Training Is Critical for Your Business

Why HIPAA Compliance Training Is Critical for Your Business

Does your healthcare facility provide services that require your employees to access and/or disclose a patient's protected health information (PHI)? If so, you should know the importance of complying with the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Why a HIPAA Risk Analysis is Essential to Achieving Compliance

Why a HIPAA Risk Analysis is Essential to Achieving Compliance

Cyberattacks on healthcare organizations are nothing new. In fact, there has been a 45% increase in the number of cyberattacks on healthcare companies since November 2020. Since then, the weekly attacks rose from 430 in October to 626 per organization in November. This is why the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires all entities handling protected health ...

Examples of Unintentional HIPAA Violations: Ensure You Don’t Make Them

Examples of Unintentional HIPAA Violations: Ensure You Don’t Make Them

Every healthcare organization wants to avoid violating regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). According to HIPAA, only staff involved in patient care, healthcare billing, and other critical processes should have access to patient health information (PHI). Additionally, these people should have only minimal access to private data. In other ...

A guide to HIPAA IT certification: 5 things you need to understand

A guide to HIPAA IT certification: 5 things you need to understand

In 1996, the federal government introduced the health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) to protect employees and their families from losing their health coverage when changing jobs. However, the legislation also has a secondary purpose, that being to protect the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI).

How to prepare for a HIPAA certification for IT professionals

How to prepare for a HIPAA certification for IT professionals

Healthcare information technology systems are a favorite target for cybercriminals. Protected health information (PHI) contains a wealth of valuable data that can sell for a lot of money on the dark web markets. Another common threat against healthcare services is ransomware, as organizations are more likely to pay ransoms to regain access to their data. On top of that, the sector is often viewed ...

What Is HIPAA Certification? Frequently Asked Questions

What Is HIPAA Certification? Frequently Asked Questions

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a set of security standards designed to safeguard protected health information (PHI) from being disclosed without the patient's knowledge or authorization. But since its inception in 1996, HIPAA seems to have led to more questions than answers. When HIPAA released its Privacy and Security Rules in 1999, the US Department of Health ...

HIPAA compliance requirements for IT teams: 5 essentials to remember

HIPAA compliance requirements for IT teams: 5 essentials to remember

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a complex law with a broad scope that was introduced in 1996 to make health insurance plans more transferable between employers, as well as to protect patient privacy. Compliance is mandatory for any organization that handles protected health information (PHI). In addition to healthcare facilities themselves, this includes all ...

HIPAA challenges of 2021: 6 ways the healthcare sector is responding

HIPAA challenges of 2021: 6 ways the healthcare sector is responding

As we start to turn the tide against the coronavirus pandemic after a year of public health dominating the news headlines, the world of medicine and healthcare is undergoing a greater and faster transformation than anyone could ever have anticipated. Digital health technologies are now accelerating at a breakneck pace as trends, like remote work and telemedicine, become deeply entrenched in the ...

HIPAA Privacy Rule: How Telehealth Is Affecting IT Regulations

HIPAA Privacy Rule: How Telehealth Is Affecting IT Regulations

Since the onset of COVID-19, healthcare providers have been dealing with the challenges of implementing protocols to protect their staff and patients from possible exposure to the virus. One particular problem that they had to overcome was how to do routine consultations and checkups — a dilemma that telehealth helped solve.