In the year 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed to establish a standard way on how healthcare systems store and use patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information is obligated to have security measures in place for its processes and infrastructure by the rules and regulations enforced by HHS.
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights investigates all data breaches reported by covered entities and business associates. Even a small breach or accidental violation of this act could impose huge fines. Clearly, IT departments must understand how to handle sensitive information, comply with the law, and protect both patients and the company handling personal data.
HIPAA Penalty Enforcement
The HIPAA Enforcement Rule supervises the investigation that follows a breach of patient healthcare information, the penalties that could be imposed on covered entities responsible for an avoidable breach of patient information and the procedures for hearings. Here are the penalties that every covered entity should be aware of:
$100 – $50,000
A violation attributable to ignorance
$1,000 – $50,000
A violation that occurred despite reasonable vigilance
$10,000 – $50,000
A violation due to willful neglect which is corrected within thirty days
A violation due to willful neglect which is not corrected within thirty days
How Red Paladin can help
HIPAA compliance is an important component of healthcare services, it’s necessary, but also challenging. Healthcare organizations need tools and guidance to make both understanding and abiding by the law an easier process.
We know that getting compliant can be a daunting task for organizations. Red Paladin has been assisting clients in creating HIPAA compliant network security for the last 10 years.
- Risk Analysis
- Risk Management
- HIPAA Training
- Malicious Software Protection
- Transmission Security
Our consultants will implement policies and standards to ensure your organization remains compliant now and in the future. Contact us for a free consultation to help your business confidently meet HIPAA requirements.
Achieve HIPAA Complaince and avoid paying huge fines.
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