The security of your organization is a high priority, especially when dealing with PHI and medical records. There are many causes of breaches in security, and knowing which issues pose the most risk for your facility is key. While security issues compound and grow larger based on the size and scope of your organization, having the right perspective in addressing these problems makes a difference in avoiding noncompliance. These five security issues have been identified as being the most common in organizations that threaten HIPAA compliance:
- Awareness, Training and Implementation
It is important that all employees, agents and business associates be fully aware of the security policies and protocols of the organization. As new technology is introduced and continues to change the infrastructure of the operation, compliance officers must make a concerted effort to keep all lines of communication open, encouraging employees to ask questions regarding new technology, its uses, and any other issues that may pose a risk.
- Unexpected Events
An unexpected event can create serious problems. They vary from natural disasters, inclement weather to security breaches. You must have a plan in place to handle these issues quickly and professionally. It is wise to conduct drills, revisit your disaster plans on a continual basis and make sure all employees are aware of all contingency plans.