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.

What is a HIPAA-compliant cloud? 5 ways to evaluate your IT services

What is a HIPAA-compliant cloud? 5 ways to evaluate your IT services

It’s hard to imagine any modern healthcare operator not making use out of cloud storage these days. The benefits of being accessible from any device in any location cannot be understated, but easier accessibility to legitimate employees and patients might also mean making things easier for cybercriminals too. Fortunately, there are many ways to mitigate these risks without having to sacrifice ...

Finding the Right HIPAA IT Support: 5 Things You May Not Know

Finding the Right HIPAA IT Support: 5 Things You May Not Know

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enforced more than 20 years ago, and it set standardized privacy and security rules for healthcare practices to follow to protect private patient information. But after all these years, many practices still experience difficulties complying with HIPAA standards. This is why for many practices, working with highly credible ...

How Much Can HIPAA Violation Fines Cost Your Business?

How Much Can HIPAA Violation Fines Cost Your Business?

  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires covered entities and business associates to keep electronic protected health information (ePHI) secure. Any violations of HIPAA regulations are subject to financial penalties and/or corrective action plans enforced by the Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights.

What should you expect from a HIPAA security risk assessment?

What should you expect from a HIPAA security risk assessment?

A HIPAA security risk assessment is an essential component of achieving and maintaining full compliance with the federal law. Every covered entity and business associate should conduct periodic risk assessments, including whenever they make significant changes to operational or technology infrastructure.

Why you can’t afford to make a mistake when performing a HIPAA risk assessment

Why you can’t afford to make a mistake when performing a HIPAA risk assessment

Healthcare is a favorite target of cybercriminals due to the high value of personally identifiable information on the black market. One of the main tenets of the HIPAA security rule is that covered entities and business associates must carry out periodic HIPAA risk assessments to determine where lie their vulnerabilities and the threats that face them. Even though HIPAA IT security requirements ...