The HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS team can assist you in ensuring the privacy and security of patient health information (PHI) ensuring overall patient care is not compromised for your institution. The HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS solution guides you through the risk remediation process, saving time, money, and reducing threat risk. Our approach focuses on the establishment of repeatable, consistent enterprise-wide behaviors, not just quick fix online checklists and document templates that leave many people asking themselves; What do I do now?
By focusing on understanding What’s Important not a Big Bang approach, we reduce the time necessary to address critical PHI security and privacy issues. We’ve developed a unique guided software approach with step-by-step work plans, with “what to do’s” at every turn. We offer a comprehensive library of simplified policies, procedure, and plan templates that accelerate the learning and implementation process. Our best practice data analysis and proven organizational security compliance expertise leverage lessons learned and comparison benchmarks.
HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS Team
The HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS team assists you in attaining HIPAA security and privacy rule compliance as you implement a secure security and privacy environment. Our Virtual Security and Privacy Team works with you to identify your compliance needs within HIPAA Security and Privacy Rule requirements, determine gaps and prioritize mitigation activities, and perform corrective actions.
We can guide and QA you, or provide as much hands on support as required. Either way, the result is a secure, auditable and protected environment that is ready to continuously manage and monitor .
COMPLIANT. AUDITABLE. PROTECTED.
No matter your size, HIPAA privacy/security compliance is an active business function not a onetime project. You need an ongoing, measurable and monitored compliance program that works year after year. The Challenge:
Having the Time to stay on top of all the requirements
Having the Security and Privacy Knowledge to effectively evaluate and mitigate potential risks
Having resources to efficiently develop , implement and monitor the required Security polices, plans, procedures and inventories
The HIPAA Privacy and Security rules require documented evidence of compliance year after year. In effect they require a comprehensive security risk management program, not just a risk assessment. The question is:
Does your Organization have the Time , Knowledge and Resources to manage an ongoing Risk Management program?
A Different Approach to Privacy and Security
Understanding the myriad of security regulatory requirements can be overwhelming. With these challenges facing most organizations, HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS was created to simplify and alleviate the pressure and complexity of compliance. With our program your organization will have access to critical security and privacy concepts in layman’s terms as you work in accordance with our team members to satisfy your organization’s HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule compliance requirements.
Our Virtual Privacy and Security Team provides you peace of mind for the journey that is risk management. You get the knowledge and process to be successful in an affordable and comprehensive blueprint.
HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS is a simplified, cost effective approach to document your inventory, assess your controls, manage the risk mitigation process and prepare for potential audits. It’s not only a tool but an unique security and privacy training and implementation solution. It is a security and privacy compliance program that all healthcare practitioners can afford, learn from, understand and reuse year after year.
Through it all we partner with you to build a fully functioning privacy and security compliance program that is customized to your business, complexity and size.
In working with covered entity clients and their business associates, who are also subject to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, it is evident that there is a lot of misunderstanding about which standards and specifications must be implemented to comply with HIPAA. This snapshot is an excerpt from the CMS web site that clarifies the requirements. Some phrases and sentences are bolded for emphasis. Now that the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule has been published, clearly business associates must implement all the same requirements as covered entities.
“To understand the requirements of the Security Rule, it is helpful to be familiar with the basic concepts that comprise the security standards and implementation specifications. The Security Rule is divided into six main sections – each representing a set of standards and implementation specifications that must be addressed by all covered entities. Each Security Rule standard is a requirement: a covered entity must comply with all of the standards of the Security Rule with respect to the EPHI it creates, transmits or maintains.
Many of the standards contain implementation specifications. An implementation specification is a more detailed description of the method or approach covered entities can use to meet a particular standard. Implementation specifications are either required or addressable.
- A required implementation specification is similar to a standard, in that a covered entity must comply with it. For example, all covered entities including small providers must conduct a “Risk Analysis” in accordance with Section 164.308(a)(1) of the Security Rule.
- For addressable implementation specifications, covered entities must perform an assessment to determine whether the specification is a reasonable and appropriate safeguard in the covered entity’s environment. After performing the assessment, a covered entity decides if it will implement the addressable implementation specification; implement an equivalent alternative measure that allows the entity to comply with the standard; or not implement the addressable specification or any alternative measures, if equivalent measures are not reasonable and appropriate within its environment.
Covered entities are required to document these assessments and all decisions. For example, all covered entities including small providers must determine whether “Encryption and Decryption” is reasonable and appropriate for their environment in accordance with Section 164.312(a)(1) of the Security Rule.
- Factors that determine what is “reasonable” and “appropriate” include cost, size, technical infrastructure and resources. While cost is one factor entities must consider in determining whether to implement a particular security measure, some appropriate measure must be implemented.
An addressable implementation specification is not optional, and the potential cost of implementing a particular security measure does not free covered entities from meeting the requirements identified in the rule.
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