Maintaining a secure and private network to house your electronic health records (EHR) is imperative for confidentiality and patient trust. Any health service entity that handles sensitive patient medical information must protect electronic protected health information (ePHI) and demonstrate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) compliance.
Most small to midsize healthcare practices simply don’t have the budget to be able to hire employees with enough technical and compliance expertise to keep up to date with the latest HIPAA/HITECH regulations and manage it into the future. Non-compliance with security regulations can result in exposure to security breaches, leading to the damage to reputation, brand, loss of trust from patients and severe financial repercussions.
Through our years of experience working with healthcare groups, we’ve developed highly customized IT solutions and professional services to meet the unique requirements. Security is a crucial part of HIPAA/HITECH. The Department of Health and Human Services states, “[It] is important to recognize that security is not a one-time project, but rather an ongoing, dynamic process.” With our three step approach, our health IT experts can help you meet government requirements for HIPAA, HITECH, and Meaningful Use compliance while protecting your data from possible breach.
Risk Assessment: Before we can solve your IT security challenges, we need to inventory all of your assets containing ePHI that need to be protected. Our Security Assessment continues with a review of your practice’s policies to ensure you are meeting Meaningful Use and HIPAA compliance requirements. Finally, we will run a vulnerability scan on your network to identify open ports, outdated software licenses, unsecured computers, and any other areas of vulnerability.
Addressing Your Security and Compliance Needs: Following the assessment, we will help you put together a step-by-step plan to address the security and compliance gaps in your practices, starting with the most critical threats, including: firewall, passwords and policies, logging and alerting, data protection, encryption, patching, and updates.
Ongoing Monitoring and Management of your Network and Policies: Even if you have all the latest security software and policies in place today, your network is constantly changing and evolving so it must be maintained regularly. We combine the best security software and hardware solutions with our years of security expertise and serve as your partner every step of the way. We will proactively monitor your IT assets, ensuring your network and computers stay up-to-date and running smoothly – reducing your risk of future security breaches.