As the Department of Health and Human Services begins to hold healthcare organizations accountable for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy and Security rules, news has spread of civil monetary penalties imposed on those organizations found to be out of compliance. Required under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or HITECH) Act, lists of breach notifications have been published and HIPAA has been pushed to the forefront of healthcare issues.
I can imagine that enforcing the privacy and security rules will only become more rigorous in the coming years. Assessing your organization for HIPAA compliance now could save you future sleepless nights and possible financial losses. Check out this Empowered News Article for more information.