Data Breaches have become a part of every-day life, and unfortunately, they are never going away. It is for this reason that all companies, especially in the healthcare community, should take proactive steps toward mitigating the risk of a data breach occurring, and have a plan in place should one be identified.
Bio-Haz Solutions is a compliance driven company that knows how difficult it is for businesses to adhere to complex regulations. We also understand how vitally important it is that you, as a medical professional, proactively mitigate the risk of a breach,and also respond appropriately should one occur. Our new service can help in two specific ways:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced in August of 2016 that they have a new initiative to investigate breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals. This change means small breaches will be looked at closer and with more frequency. It has now become exponentially more important for every HIPAA covered entity or business associate to maintain robust safeguards to protect the privacy and security of PHI.
Data breaches have become so widespread that 48 out of 50 states currently have breach notification laws, and 12 states publicize breaches that effect their residents. Understanding how Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI) is acquired, accessed, handled, transmitted, stored, and destroyed is critical to any organization. Most importantly, you MUST have the correct policies, processes, and procedures in place to meet the most current and ever-expanding laws and regulations in your state.
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