Technologies That Keep Your Health System HIPAA Compliant

Managed Healthcare Executive

Donna Marbury

In the past five years, HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has increased enforcement of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations, according to the HIPAA Journal. In 2015, there were only six HIPAA penalties, compared with 11 in 2018. Not only have enforcements increased, but fines and settlement amounts are also on the rise. In 2018, more than $28 million in penalties was paid to OCR. The mean penalty amount for 2018 was $2.6 million. Anthem settled for $16 million for failure to respond to breaches that had occurred since 2015 and for lacking technical controls to prevent unauthorized electronic personal health information (PHI) access.

Because OCR enforcement continues to grow, costing healthcare organizations in both dollars and damage to their brands, it is important that health systems stay proactive when deploying technology that keeps PHI and other healthcare data safe. As the healthcare industry becomes more connected ...

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