Category: HIPAA Compliance

Most companies deploy encryption for compliance, study finds

As data breaches become increasingly commonplace, companies have increasingly turned to encryption technology to keep their data secure. A new study published by the Ponemon Institute surveyed 5,000 companies to see exactly why companies are adopting encryption solutions. The largest adoption driver—at 61 percent—was the need to comply with federal regulations such as HIPAA, FERPA, PCI DSS, and others.Read more »

Why data is so important to stemming HIPAA violations

The Dept. of Health and Human Services’ so-called HIPAA Wall of Shame is meant to capture all manners of sins when it comes to HIPAA violations, from breaches caused by unauthorized access to those involving stolen laptops. But while the Wall of Shame is a worthy database, it doesn’t tell the whole story, in part because it only concerns violations reported to the OCR and organizations whose breaches impact 500 or more patients.Read more »

5 tech tips to prepare for the Phase 2 HIPAA audits

 The pre-audit surveys for the Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) Phase 2 HIPAA audits are already being sent out to healthcare providers and their business associates. If you’re one of the 800 organizations that receives a survey, you might be selected for an audit.Read more »

Phase 2 of HIPAA audits launch—with a focus on technology and encryption

After a yearlong delay—and a lot of uncertainty—Phase 2 of the national HIPAA compliance audits is finally underway. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which runs the audits, sent out pre-screening surveys last month to a pool of up to 800 organizations, from which 350 will be randomly selected for an audit. Read more »

Pro tip: Why unique accounts are key to HIPAA compliance

From a workflow perspective, it might not make much of a difference to you if everyone in your company shares login credentials for your data storage, sharing, and syncing solution. But a close reading of the HIPAA compliance guidelines reveals that crowding your staff on the same account threatens to undermine your compliance efforts.Read more »