ACT experts assist Healthcare organizations and Business Associates to identify any risks to PHI and reduce the risk of fines and possible civil legal action should a breach of ePHI occur... With us, you will understand all of your risk.
Widespread confusion in the healthcare industry continues to persist about OCR risk analysis requirements under the HIPAA Security Rule
HIPAA states a Covered Entity or Business Associate, handling ePHI, needs to perform required risk assessments annually. Have a plan in action to resolve gaps, and pass OCR audits to avoid a fine. If your organization is audited by OCR, the ACT HIPAA risk assessment will also provide you with a legally defensible position. We have a 100% acceptance rate with OCR. Make Cybersecurity - and patient safety - a priority.
Conducting a HIPAA gap analysis allows an organization to assess its current posture and implementation status of all HIPAA Security, Privacy, and Breach rule standards and implementation specifications. Gap analysis is often the first step organizations take when assessing their compliance. This type of review is generally a higher-level process, with limited assurance testing, and is aimed at identifying major safeguard gaps.
NIST has issued a special recommendation for HIPAA that says, “Conduct trusted penetration testing of the effectiveness of security controls in place, if reasonable and appropriate. This validates your exposure to actual vulnerabilities.” It also says to document any deficiencies that are identified in a technically detailed report and include effective, efficient, and clear methods for remediation. That is a NIST recommendation specifically for HIPAA.
IRPs are not a one-size-fits-all document. Each organization must adapt to encompass its unique requirements. That being said, certain best practices can help ensure that any entity’s IRP satisfies legal requirements, serves patients and customers, and protects its reputation.