If you are a healthcare provider, healthcare insurance provider, or a healthcare clearinghouse, you know that protecting the security and privacy of patient data is your primary job. Furthermore, the protection of patient data is defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HPAA) of 1996, which was later updated by the HITECH Act of 2009. This primary job is defined by a set of required activities and safeguards to ensure the security of Patient Healthcare Information (PHI).
HIPAA/HITECH compliance is critical for many reasons. Compliance ensures the protection of Electronic Health Records (EHR) to patients. Additionally, the potential for criminal and civil penalties is reduced by adhering to HIPAA/HITECH compliance. Furthermore, healthcare institutions and practices can become eligible for financial incentives under the various stages of Meaningful Use (MU).
nGuard makes complying with HIPAA/HITECH security requirements easy. We help our clients navigate HIPAA/HITECH security rules and determine the true state of their HIPAA safeguards & controls. With nGuard's customizable set of HIPAA assessment solutions, we can build a program that is appropriate for the size of your organization, even upon your varying needs.
From Fortune 100 clients to small businesses, our security consultants work with you to specifically tailor a solution to your HIPAA/HITECH compliance needs.
HIPAA/HITECH Strategic Security Assessment (SSA)
The cornerstone of your HIPAA/HITECH Risk Analysis program is nGuard's HIPAA/HITECH Strategic Security Assessment (SSA). The HIPAA/HITECH SSA is a streamlined strategic security analysis of your organization's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, as well as the other ways that ePHI is transmitted, stored, or processed. This assessment is cost effective to scaling values from a small clinic up to the large healthcare systems. The HIPAA/HITECH SSA evaluates the major components of your security compliance program including:
- Physical Safeguards
- Administrative Safeguards
- Technical Safeguards
- Security Policies & Procedures
- Organizational Requirements
- Breach Notification & Incident Response
HIPAA/HITECH Risk Assessment
For healthcare organizations that need a rigorous asset-centric risk analysis, nGuard's HIPAA/HITECH Security Risk Assessment is the optimal solution. The HIPAA/HITECH Security Risk Assessment goes beyond just assessing gaps in HIPAA/HITECH controls and safeguards. Our Security Risk Assessment process:
- Analyzes those EMR assets to identify:
- The quantitative or qualitative value of the EMR assets
- The potential threats to those assets
- The likelihood of threat occurrence
- The potential impact of each threat
- Provides an exact risk score for each asset
- Validates the scope of your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) processing environment
The result of this intensive risk assessment is an understanding of the most at-risk EMR assets, the highest priority threats, and the recommended mitigation strategies. nGuard's veteran information security assessors make the entire process easy and informative.
HIPAA/HITECH Compliance Methodology
Compliance with HIPAA/HITECH isn't just about assessments, it's about the full continuum of activities required for compliance. nGuard's compliance methodology defines a flexible framework that your organization can leverage to continue & accelerate your HIPAA/HITECH compliance efforts. Whether just starting or ready to attest for Meaningful Use, our methodology has the flexibility to attain to your specific need.
For clients just starting down the HIPAA/HITECH compliance path, the steps to satisfy regulatory demands are spelled out below, referring to the chart above.
- Step 1 ensures that the scope of the Electronic Medical Record Systems and ePHI environments is well-defined.
- Step 2 helps ensure the initial gaps are identified, and furthermore, that appropriate corrective actions are developed.
- Step 3 illustrates the remediation of the customer’s efforts to address identified gaps.
- Step 4 encompasses the full assessment of HIPAA/HITECH compliance that confirms your organization’s adherence to HIPAA/HITECH regulatory demands.
Once compliant, the methodology shifts your organization into maintenance mode. This means that nGuard can maintain your HIPAA/HITECH compliance through ongoing HIPAA/HITECH audits. These are required by regulations and address remediation of new issues that emerge. Furthermore, if your organization undergoes major changes, such as rapid growth or an acquisition, nGuard’s methodology is flexible enough to allow the new changes to be evaluated at Step 1, while the existing audit areas remain unaffected.
Tactical HIPAA/HITECH Assessments
In addition to the strategic assessments, HIPAA/HITECH requires tactical assessments of your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) processing environment. These tactical assessments help to evaluate the different ways your ePHI is accessed through discovering, testing, and safely exploiting vulnerabilities in your environment. Together, these tactical assessments will identify the tangible vulnerabilities that are exploitable in your environment and give your organization specific guidance on how to resolve them.
nGuard's portfolio of tactical assessment services for HIPAA/HITECH include:
In many cases, in addition to assessments, customers turn to nGuard for HIPAA/HITECH remediation services. If your IT staff is 100% utilized, or possibly doesn't have all the needed skill sets to perform the remediation, nGuard can quickly help address your issues. In addition, you will be better prepared for future audits. Remediation activities can take many forms and are customized for each client. Example remediation services include: