- July 6, 2016
As a medical provider you know that you must protect your patients’ protected health information (PHI). With the widespread use of electronic medical records, and the ever-growing threats from cybercrime and ransomware, the chance of experiencing a data breach is greater than ever before. To prevent this you need a reliable IT provider who can ensure your clinic’s IT Security and that your PHI is protected 24/7.
These are four key requirements for any healthcare practice or organization. Without them you might as well close your doors — because the government will be closing them for you if you don’t. This is why all healthcare organizations need a Healthcare IT Advisor (HIT).
Our HIT Advisors confirm that your technology runs at peak performance, is dependable, Secure, and supports your HIPAA compliance efforts.
HIPAA Risk Analysis
As you know, to be HIPAA compliant your staff must be able to securely store and access patients’ PHI. Our HIT Advisors ensure this is possible by conducting periodic HIPAA Risk Analyses. Our risk analysis identifies PHI-containing systems, assesses vulnerabilities, and prioritizes the risk on those systems. We also help you develop solutions to safeguard your IT and PHI.
But did you know that HIPAA requires risk analyses be conducted on an ongoing basis? Healthcare organizations receiving EHR incentive payments without conducting a risk assessment are held liable under the False Claims Act and must forfeit their payments. The OIG (Office of Inspector General) has made this a top priority and is proceeding with investigations.
Failing to conduct a HIPAA Risk Analysis can result in:
1. An increased risk of data breaches.
2. OCR (The Office for Civil Rights) enforcement and monetary penalties.
3. CMS (Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services) enforcement to recoup EHR incentive payments.
4. OIG enforcement under the False Claims Act, including liability of three times the EHR incentive payment and exclusion from all federally funded healthcare programs.
Don’t risk the viability of your healthcare practice or organization. Contact Zeus Technology Solutions and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation review of your IT system with one of our HIT Advisors. Call (888) 315-9387 or email us at: email@example.com
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