The wave of data breaches from 2014 has continued into 2015 – with healthcare organizations fast becoming the latest target for cyber criminals. Last week’s announcement by health insurer Anthem of a “very sophisticated external cyberattack” has put healthcare organizations on high alert for ensuring they are securing protected health information (PHI) in accordance with stringent HIPAA and HITECH compliance regulations. A major stumbling block for these organizations is the lack of insights as to how to effectively comply with complex HIPAA and HITECH compliance regulations. HOSTING Security and Compliance Services™ help organizations effectively manage their compliance-related activities. Developed and tested by our team of certified security and compliance experts, our compliance-as-a-service offering empowers companies to take a measurable, proactive stance in addressing HIPAA, HITECH and PCI regulations. Key features of compliance-as-a service include the following:
Comprehensive HIPAA and HITECH Risk Assessments
A key component is the HOSTING Compliance Risk Assessment for HIPAA Compliance™. Conducted per the HIPAA Security Rule 45 CFR 164.308(a)(1) and 45 CFR 164.308(a)(8), it meets HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements for eligible healthcare providers also known as covered entities (CEs). Our detailed assessment identifies potential weaknesses in an organization’s infrastructure, and eliminates any compliance risk associated with managing personal health information (PHI) in the cloud.
Dynamic HIPAA and HITECH compliance monitoring
HIPAA compliance is a moving target; one that needs to be constantly monitored and maintained. Rather than capture an organization’s compliance posture as a snapshot in time, the HCaaS shows an organization’s compliance in real time. Events that can potentially impact compliance can be easily targeted and addressed as they occur.
Advanced HIPAA and HITECH compliance reporting tools
HIPAA and HITECH compliance requires creating an audit trail or “book of evidence” that details organization’s activities. However, generating the necessary information required for quarterly reviews, year-end audits and monthly assessments can strain healthcare organizations’ already limited resources.
Our HIPAA compliance dashboard consistently monitors GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance). Every regulatory obligation under HIPAA and HITECH and draft HHS OCR Audit Protocol controls is outlined. The dashboard is a simple, secure and cost-effective means for organizations implement, monitor and manage compliance activities across multiple departments.
Compliance services backed by unmatched HIPAA and HITECH compliance expertise
Compliance-as-a-service offers more than just a set of tools for organizations to implement. We support our healthcare customers with monthly one-on-one consultations. Our compliance team regularly reviews their environments to ensure proper actions are being taken to mitigate risk and secure critical applications, sensitive information and regulated data.
Fluent in the complexities of HIPAA and HITECH regulations, the HOSTING compliance teams provide clear, unbiased insights an recommendations drawn from their experience in supporting more than 400 customer compliance audits.
Solutions sized to meet organization’s changing needs
Having worked with nearly 200 healthcare organizations, HOSTING understands that no one solution fits all. With service levels ranging from self-managed to highly custom, HOSTING Security and Compliance Services are designed meet an organization’s specific compliance and resource needs.
HIPAA and HITECH compliance is complex. HOSTING can help. Contact us anytime to learn how HOSTING can help your organization achieve and maintain a strong compliance posture. You can also log onto our on-demand webinar, HIPAA Compliance: Simple Steps to the Healthcare Cloud to learn how healthcare organizations are aligning their operations in the cloud with HIPAA and HITECH compliance regulations.