HIPAA Compliance & Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment, Treatment, Management for HIPAA Compliance
HIPAA Compliance Security Risk

HIPAA Risk Assessment and Compliance

When HIPAA security 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,” which is crucial for HIPAA compliance. 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 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 to ensure HIPAA compliance.
  • 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 our HIPAA assessment services, HALOCK offers a full suite of HIPAA security risk treatment programs and HIPAA risk management plans to help you achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance.

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HIPAA Risk Treatment

HIPAA security 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 assessment and 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.

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HIPAA Risk Management

HIPAA security 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 acts as your HIPAA consultant to help establish key processes for monitoring and addressing risks to protected health information (PHI) and the EMR. Our HIPAA risk assessment and 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.” Through Duty of Care Risk Assessment (DoCRA), we help you establish reasonable safeguards based on your organization’s mission, objective and obligations. Learn about Sensitive Data Scanning as part of the process.

Based on ISO 27001 and NIST 800-30, HALOCK’s compliance consulting and risk management methodologies are practical and scalable — and easily applied in most organizations regardless of size or complexity.

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Our comprehensive Risk Management Program can help you continually manage your risk to be “reasonable”, prioritize your IT investment and resources, and provide you with ready executive reporting to justify your budgets.

Since COVID-19, many are working remotely and practicing social distancing. We are relying more on electronic exchanges like telehealth apps to protect our physical health, but we then increased the risk to our data health. We can help adjust your security profile to accommodate your evolving threat landscape. HALOCK partners with you to establish reasonable security controls based on your organization’s mission, objectives, and obligations.

2023 Cybersecurity and Regulatory Calendar Compliance requirements and proposed rules that may impact your organization, with resources and references to help you make informed decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HIPAA compliance?

This refers to the process for following the procedures required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA is the law that established the current standards for protecting patients’ sensitive health-related data. The goal is to ensure healthcare companies do everything possible to secure and protect this information to prevent data breaches.

What is a HIPAA-covered entity?

Entities that are required to adhere to the HIPAA standards include healthcare providers, health plan providers and healthcare clearinghouses. All of these entities are entrusted with patients’ personal information including Social Security numbers, bank account details and medical histories. Any enterprise that falls into these categories can benefit from HIPAA compliance solutions.

What are HIPAA violations?

There are a number of ways in which a HIPAA-covered entity can fail to comply with regulations. These can include transmitting patient data without sufficient encryption, disclosing patient information to unauthorized entities or falling victim to cyberattacks that expose the data. The scope of potential violations and the severity of the penalties involved makes it all the more important that businesses enlist the help of HALOCK as their HIPAA consultant.

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