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Ensure Your Healthcare Organization is Fully Protected with BAI Security’s HIPAA Risk Assessment

Data breaches and attacks on healthcare entities are at an all-time high. All it takes is one breach to sully your organization’s reputation and expose your patients’ confidential information.

You need to protect your data, your patients, and your reputation while ensuring compliance, but you don’t have the resources to do it alone. You need a team that knows healthcare and IT security. 

With BAI Security’s comprehensive HIPAA Risk Assessment, you can affirm your HIPAA compliance and the safety of your patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI).

BAI Security can help your organization by providing a clear path to meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements. We have the right tools and processes to protect your data, as well as extraordinary support custom-tailored to your needs. 

Our HIPAA Risk Assessment evaluates all levels of your organization, including:

  • Network Security — We thoroughly evaluate your network to validate its security and proper monitoring
  • Data Security — We audit your controls to ensure PHI is properly secured and protected
  • Infrastructure Security — We assess your workstations, server, and network infrastructure devices to confirm they do not pose a risk to your security posture 
  • Risk Management — We integrate assessment findings to measure your risk against a negative security event and empower you with risk mitigation tools

BAI Security’s Tools Make Your HIPAA Risk Assessment Easy

Conducting a HIPAA Risk Assessment on every aspect of an organization’s operations – no matter what size – can be complex. This is particularly true for small medical practices with limited resources and no previous experience of complying with HIPAA regulations. 

BAI’s Secure Portal makes risk prevention easy for your team. Just log in, upload your relevant documents, and track progress — we’ll take care of the rest!

You can count on BAI Security to keep your organization safe and secure.

For more information or a quote, use the Contact Us form on the right or call us at (847) 410-8180.

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More About HIPAA Risk Assessments

Why are HIPAA Security Risk Assessments important for healthcare?

In the 1970s, PHI was only accessible in a few places, and it really wasn’t worth stealing. By the 1990s, that changed with the advancement of technology and networks. Local and wide area networks, distributed servers and smart workstations made data access more efficient, but also significantly increased the number of locations of PHI. The first cases of selling PHI increased its potential value and, thereby, the motivation to steal it.

The Failure to Conduct a HIPAA Risk Assessment Can be Costly

The severity of fines for non-compliance with HIPAA has historically depended on the number of patients affected by a breach of protected health information (PHI) and the level of negligence involved. Few fines are now issued in the lowest “Did Not Know” HIPAA violation category, because there is little excuse for not knowing that organizations have an obligation to protect PHI.

It’s Not Just Medical Organizations At Risk

Every organization that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits PHI has to conduct an accurate and thorough HIPAA Risk Assessment in order to comply with §164.308 of the HIPAA Security Rule. Even if your organization does not create, receive, maintain, or transmit PHI electronically (ePHI), a HIPAA Risk Assessment must still occur to comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

What Should a HIPAA Risk Assessment Consist Of?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) does provide an objective of a HIPAA risk assessment – to identify potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, availability and integrity of all PHI that an organization creates, receives, maintains, or transmits.

To achieve these objectives, HHS suggest healthcare organizations should:

  • Identify where PHI is stored, received, maintained or transmitted.
  • Identify and document potential threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Assess current security measures used to safeguard PHI.
  • Assess whether the current security measures are used properly.
  • Determine the likelihood of a “reasonably anticipated” threat.
  • Determine the potential impact of a breach of PHI.
  • Assign risk levels for vulnerability and impact combinations.
  • Document the assessment and take action where necessary.

A HIPAA Risk Assessment is not a one-time exercise. Assessments should be reviewed periodically, as well as whenever new work practices are implemented or new technology is introduced. 

Developing a HIPAA Risk Management Plan and Implementing New Procedures

A HIPAA Risk Assessment should reveal any areas of an organization’s security that need attention. Organizations then need to compile a risk management plan in order to address the weaknesses and vulnerabilities uncovered by the assessment and implement new procedures and policies where necessary to close the vulnerabilities most likely to result in a breach of PHI.

For more information or a quote, use the Contact Us form on the right or call us at (847) 410-8180.

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In the healthcare field, simply following regulations isn’t good enough. You need to know where cybercriminal attacks are coming from, what methods they’re based on, and how to best repel them.

Take a look at our free whitepaper to learn more about how you can position your employees and organization to repel potentially crippling attacks.

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