Do I Need a HIPAA Compliancy Consultant

Do I Need a HIPAA Compliancy Consultant

by Yenny (SU)

No doubt about it, the laws and regulations associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are quite complex. Complying with these rules and providing sufficient safeguards can be a daunting and overwhelming task for your organization.

After all, you need to address so many areas, including:

·       HIPAA Security Risk Assessment

·       HIPAA Privacy Risk Assessment

·       Breach Notification Rule Assessment

·       HIPAA Policies and Procedures

·       HIPAA Security and Privacy Training

·       Data Security – Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

·       Ransomware and Malware Attacks

·       Denial of Service Attacks

·       Server and Network Post-Compromise Forensic Analysis

·       Remediation Planning … and much more.

That’s why the question of whether your practice needs a HIPAA compliancy consultant is a no-brainer.

Protecting Your Practice

HIPAA data breaches are occurring at an alarming rate. In fact, every single day new healthcare breaches are being posted on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website. Although the most serious data breaches are the work of hackers, employee carelessness is also a major contributor.

According to the HIPAA Journal, “Data breaches caused by employee carelessness have increased year on year. More encrypted devices are being lost, data is still being inadvertently disclosed, and simple email errors are still being made.” And the consequences of these breaches in terms of costly penalties and damage to your organization’s reputation can be staggering.

However, the HIPAA Journal goes on to note: “Performing regular training on data privacy and security can help to reduce the number of data breaches suffered.”

In addition, the better your organization can demonstrate your efforts to exercise reasonable diligence to mitigate risk, the lesser amounts of civil monetary penalties may be imposed.

Which is where the services of a HIPAA compliancy consultant can be indispensable.

A team of expert HIPAA consultants has extensive experience in helping health care and other organizations put efficient and effective security and privacy programs in place. When services include in-person consultation, these experts can make sure organizations are complying with requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, providing your organization with a greater sense of security and peace of mind

Not only does Colington Consulting provide the right HIPAA services for your organization, but uses a common-sense approach in meeting mandatory compliance requirements including training. Also, should a breach of electronic protected health information occur; your practice or business will be subject to a HIPAA compliance investigation. Colington Consulting has experience and worked with clients to sufficiently answer any questions the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may ask about your compliance program.

Handling and properly securing protected health information can be complicated. Let Colington Consulting provide your organization a free, initial consultation. To learn more about our services, contact Colington Consulting at 800-773-6379. They are experts in the field of HIPPA compliance requirements. Colington Consulting can help you avoid problems and steep fines by bringing your practice into HIPPA compliance. It is what we do best, allowing you to do what you do best … provide health care to your patients.