When risk assessments are performed correctly, the organization knows how much to invest in security and can demonstrate that the controls over Protected Health Information (PHI) are “reasonable and appropriate.” Through our HIPAA compliance consulting services, HALOCK guides clients through risk assessments so that they can identify — in a clear, repeatable manner — what parts of their organizations they must prioritize to address both compliance and security.
Our HIPAA security risk assessment methodology conforms to ISO 27005 and NIST 800-30, and ensures that the HIPAA requirements for risk assessments are fully met and achieve the following benefits:
- Information security investments are measurably “reasonable and appropriate” as HIPAA and Meaningful Use require.
- Information, systems, processes, people and facilities that can create risk are identified and assessed.
- Risks are prioritized, in part, by the impact that a threat has on the organization and its responsibilities.
- Information risks are considered in terms of the business mission as well as the organization’s responsibilities to its customers, providing a unified view of risk that aligns with HALOCK’s Purpose Driven Security® approach.
In addition to the HIPAA risk assessment, HALOCK offers a full suite of HIPAA security risk treatment programs and HIPAA risk management plans to help you achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance.
HIPAA Risk Treatment
HIPAA risk assessments are performed to alert management about what could go wrong with PHI and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Those risks remain a liability unless “reasonable and appropriate” security controls are established to protect that information and keep those controls effective.
Risk treatment is the process for implementing the appropriate information security controls. Using formalized risk management processes, HALOCK helps you determine the appropriate level of risk treatment in a manner that is consistent with the HIPAA security risk analysis guidance from DHHS, CMS and NIST. In addition, HALOCK’s security engineers work closely with your staff to assist in implementing the appropriate technical solutions to help you achieve your compliance goals.
HIPAA Risk Management
HIPAA compliance is not a point-in-time achievement, but rather a duty of care process that operates over time. To achieve ongoing due care, HIPAA risk management is applied. This involves monitoring and correcting security controls so they remain effective at reducing risk.
HALOCK helps you establish the processes for monitoring and addressing risks to PHI and the EMR. A HIPAA risk management plan ensures that risk owners are accomplishing their assigned tasks; it also provides easily maintained metrics for demonstrating that security and compliance investments are “reasonable and appropriate.” Based on ISO 27001 and NIST 800-30, HALOCK’s risk management method is practical and scalable — and easily applied in most organizations regardless of size or complexity.
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