It is imperative to take measures to prevent breaches of healthcare information. Medical Records have become a hot commodity across the dark web. Unlike easily detectable credit card breaches, released medical records can take months or even years to detect. In January 2019, it was announced that the HIV positive status of 14,200 people who either lived in or visited Singapore had been leaked online. Such information being publicized could drastically change somebody’s life.
Federal and state laws are put in place to push healthcare organizations to protect against data breaches, and phishing attempts. Healthcare compliance equally benefits providers by keeping them from paying government fines and streamlines their patient care process. However, ultimately, healthcare compliance is about providing safe, high-quality patient care. Complying with industry standards and regulations helps healthcare organizations continue to improve the quality of care.
What can be done to become complaint?
- Develop, distribute, and implement written policies, procedures, and standards of conduct
- Build out a comprehensive cyber security plan to secure IOT & mobile devices, secure containers and microservices
- Check off the HIPAA Checklist
- Train end users to properly spot the red flags of ransomware, social engineering, phishing and malware
- Actively monitor and measure compliance through internal audits
- Train your IT team in Cybersecurity
- Respond promptly to offenses and develop corrective action plans
Today an effective corporate compliance program is the industry standard. Any health care provider that operates below industry standards will lose its competitive edge and will expose itself to substantial penalties.
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