HIPAA is United States legislation, which provides data privacy and security provisions to safeguard medical information. HIPAA is applicable for any medical practice, health insurance plan, third-party clearinghouse, or any businesses involved with healthcare abiding by all the mandates of HIPAA, ensuring that patient information is kept confidential and secure and has a number of components to consider for an entity that lawfully must be compliant. These entities are also referred to as "covered entities."
HIPAA is divided into 5 Titles out of which Title 2 defines the requirements for data security and privacy of personally identifiable health care information (PHI). Title 2 defines the policies, procedures and guidelines for maintaining the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information as well as outlining numerous offenses relating to health care and sets civil and criminal penalties for violations.
The HIPAA Title 2 is primely divided into following parts:
Health care entities and related business associates (BA e.g., health plans, health care clearinghouses, exchanges, health care providers, and organizations that conduct certain financial, research, and administrative functions) are being asked with increased frequency to demonstrate that they meet the common security and privacy requirements of HIPAA that they have taken appropriate measures to:
As required under the HIPAA rules the healthcare organizations are required to have a Business Associate Agreement with their vendors or the third-parties. It is equally important to understand the data security controls with their business associates. HIPPA provides rules and regulations for protecting privacy of Patient Health Information (PHI - Protected Health Information) and security of Electronic records stored or transmitted by a Covered Entity or their Business Associates. This includes PHI in any form - physical copy, electronic or oral. PHI constitutes of individually identifiable patient information such Name, health records, demographic information, contact information, Social Security Number etc. Any company, whether it’s a Covered Entity (CE) or Business Associate (BA), that deals with Protected Health Information (PHI) should have all the security measures - Physical, Network and Processes to ensure compliance with HIPAA guidelines.
SecurWires Technologies and Services LLP is a PCI SSC Authorized Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Company, CIS SecureSuite Member Company and a Member of Data Security Council of India (DSCI). SecurWires is a pure-play Cyber Security and Information Security Company which is dedicated to help businesses run Cyber Security and Information Security Programs more effectively. SecurWires is vendor neutral; we do not resell any software or hardware and will always recommend the best solution for the organization. Our professionals provide industry-leading expertise to help organizations meet their evolving Data Security and Privacy needs.
HIPAA Compliance Audit and Report
An attested report from an independent auditor is the best way to demonstrate HIPAA Compliance. SecurWires follows a five-step approach to get you compliant with HIPAA
Risk Management is one of the critical steps in getting compliant with HIPAA guidelines. HIPAA requires Covered Entities and Business Associates to “conduct an accurate and thorough analysis of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI)”. SecurWires can help you in identifying the risk scenarios and implement adequate security controls to mitigate risks. Once the controls are implemented, we will do a risk re-evaluation to ensure the controls are implemented in the right manner.