There are several very important reasons why the HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities like medical practices and ambulatory surgery centers to undergo regular HIPAA assessments. They are the backbone of effective program that helps identify risks and vulnerabilities which can put protective health information and other sensitive data at risk. HIPAA risk assessments also help providers comply with regulations, reducing the potential for substantial fines and other significant non-compliance penalties.
Organizations cannot afford to overlook the importance of undergoing a HIPAA risk assessment. Many of the largest fines associated with HIPAA non-compliance are attributable to organizations failing to determine whether and where risks to the integrity of their protected health information (PHI) exist.1 In addition, if a HIPAA risk assessment isn't performed regularly or properly and a data breach occurs, organizations can face civil and even criminal penalties. The average cost of a healthcare data breach exceeds $7 million.2
Medicus IT, a healthcare IT specialist with extensive experience delivering systems and solutions that keep organizations compliant and out of trouble, has created a HIPAA risk assessment checklist that’s now available for download. Use it to help ensure your risk assessments cover all the bases.
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To get this helpful HIPAA risk assessment template checklist and adapt it for use in your facility, fill out the form on this page.
Medicus not only resolves our ‘acute’ issues, but solves the underlying issues and works to develop processes and solutions that will keep our it operating efficiently each day. They have been quick to respond to our issues, and most of the time triages our issues as we would. We have a complicated system with multiple sites, windows/mac operating systems, dragon, cloud-based software/storage. We are comfortable that Medicus keeps us HIPAA compliant, too.
As a HIPAA & MU compliance servicing organization, we work with a lot of IT companies around the country—our experience with Medicus IT stands out above the rest. Not only is Medicus more up-to-date on the HIPAA regulations than any other it company we have seen, they also help protect their clients through education and technology. In my opinion, you would be hard-pressed to find an IT partner that can provide better service or knowledge than the team at Medicus IT.
From the moment I was told about Chris Jann and contracted the Medicus team, they have been an integral part of starting and maintaining our pediatric office. I am eternally grateful for them and their professionalism. Shout out for the constant guidance needed in this ever-evolving digital world (all-encompassing it too, what type of computer/scanner/phone/email/back up — overwhelming). With governmental regulations, security concerns, and business management for a busy pediatric office, their help has consistently remained invaluable for management of our IT healthcare world. Very grateful.