It is a strangely paradoxical situation that despite revised and stricter compliance regulations the number of security breaches seems to rise. The HIPAA mandate was enforced to tone down risks threatening patients’ personal records. But there has hardly been any positive report of effective progress towards a threat free environment.
As per a recent study conducted by Redspin – the leading service provider of HIPAA risk analysis and IT security Compliance, between August 2009 and December 2010 6 million people have been affected due to security breaches. The number accounts for only those security breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, which means that the actual number may have exceeded 6 million.
It is an alarming fact that despite efforts to tighten security measures, medical organizations especially the small practices are constantly a soft target for various kinds of illegitimate activities. And this is not just because of hackers who use sophisticated technology to disarm the security system, but also due to loss and theft of mobile devices which have become predominantly a regular practice.
The freedom to use USBs, cell phones, laptops etc to keep pace with the competitive world has made the employees and organizations overlook the discreet use of such confidential data and its dire consequences. Business Associates have been identified as another vulnerable link resulting in security breaches.
The small medical practices are consistently faltering in being compliant with the HIPAA/HITECH regulations as they are incapable of stretching their budgets to employ new infrastructure and deploy solutions to curb all malpractices.
SecureGRC SB is a one-stop solution for all security and risk assessment needs without any additional costs for a new infrastructure. This service is provided on the cloud which therefore fulfills all HIPAA / HITECH compliance requirements pertaining to small business. Small businesses are provided with complete control to gauge the requirements for HIPAA and HITECH through a simple self assessment menu.
The SecureGRC SB contains a central repository for all documentation purposes pertaining to HIPAA. It sends reminders to ensure compliance regulations are maintained. It follows an automatic updating schedule as per the latest and revised regulations. It provides reports regarding the compliance status for auditing. The solution ensures maintenance of a track record of the business associates and provides plug-ins in case of any PCI-DSS compliance requirement.
Small businesses can neither afford expensive solutions nor penalties for non-compliance. They need to adopt an astute approach towards IT healthcare compliance to achieve high scores. SecureGRC SB is the perfect solution – an affordable, precise and simplified option with guaranteed results.