In 1996, the United States Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system by facilitating electronic interchange of healthcare information, including financial and administrative transactions sent electronically between healthcare organizations. Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop standards for transactions, unique health identifiers, transaction code sets, electronic signatures, privacy, and security.
The HIPAA Security Rule, originally issued by HHS in 2003, established national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity. The Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information (e-PHI).
HIPAA plays a crucial role in protecting patients’ sensitive personal and health information because it ensures healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and business associates of HIPAA-covered entities must implement multiple safeguards to control who has access to health data, restricting who can view health information and who that information can be shared with.
HIPAA introduced a number of important benefits for the healthcare industry to help with the transition from paper records to electronic copies of health information. HIPAA has also helped to streamline administrative healthcare functions, improve efficiency in the healthcare industry, and ensure protected health information is shared securely.
The standards for recording health data and electronic transactions ensures everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. Since all HIPAA-covered entities must use the same code sets and nationally recognized identifiers, HIPAA compliance helps enormously with the transfer of electronic health information between healthcare providers, health plans, and other entities.
Wilson Consulting Group (WCG) provides HIPAA Compliance Services to organizations looking to assess and determine their compliance with HIPAA’s administrative, physical, and technical safeguards.
Prior to the start of any active assessment activity, our Compliance Experts will gather all necessary information to perform a thorough security risk assessment. Then, we conduct a thorough HIPAA security risk assessment for healthcare providers as required by the HIPAA Security Rule and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
The results of this HIPAA security risk assessment are displayed in a report which can be used to determine risks in policies, processes, and systems. Tailored to the client’s needs and business goal, our experienced consultants and Compliance Experts design strategies to mitigate weaknesses and minimize security risks.
WCG also offers HIPAA-compliant Cloud Services to healthcare organizations in order to secure their cloud infrastructure, protecting patients’ sensitive personal and health information. Our HIPAA-compliant Cloud Services consist of a set of control-based technologies and policies designed to maintain data security, adhere to compliance regulations, and provide a data backup plan in the event of a security breach.
These HIPAA Compliance Services help organizations within the healthcare industry to design, restructure, and/or implement the necessary safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information, thereby satisfying the Security Rule and ensuring their HIPAA compliance.
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