The media is abuzz with news of data breaches especially with websites like the Health and Human Services (HHS) tracking them. As per the Office of Civil Rights, there were close to 9,109 data breaches by Sept 2010, averaging 25 data breaches per day! The HSS had earlier issued a given set of regulations to healthcare providers about notifying individuals whenever a health information breach occurs.
Breach reporting has become an intrinsic and important element of the HITECH Compliance regulations. All data breaches crossing over 500, are required to be reported to the HHS within 60 days, while data breaches under 500 can be submitted annually. These breaches although not published by the HHS, they are compiled and sent to congressional committees as per the HITECH stipulations. With data breaches resulting in not just penalties but also the erosion of precious reputation and image of different health care providers, it is time that health care providers take efficient compliance measures to abide as per HIPAA and HITECH regulations effectively.
The idea is to work smartly and bring about complete visibility with an effective and economical security solution as far as safeguarding of security of patient’s health information is concerned. Most small health care practitioners worry about the investment aspect involved in installing compliance solutions, but here is eGestalt’s SecureGRC SB, which is an ideal solution especially for small medical practices. A one-stop solution, it allows health care providers to abide as per the compliance regulations of HIPAA/HITECH.
A web-based solution, SecureGRC SB offers a unique approach to tackle security and data breach issues. Owing to its ability to deliver services on the cloud, it can capture information and keep you updated constantly in case of any changes in regulatory policies. SecureGRC SB is an economical, easy to use web based solution that can help small medical practitioners be HIPAA Compliant. It is high time that small healthcare practices opt for a suitable compliance healthcare solution to tackle data breaches intelligently and make data breaches a thing of the past.