Tips for Improving HIPAA Compliance in Rehab Facilities
Ensuring that your addiction or substance use disorder rehabilitation facility is adhering to all HIPAA compliance rules and regulations requires the examination of several areas that are often major weaknesses. Rehabilitation facilities are aware of the threats to security and compliance, but don’t always know the best ways to protect themselves. If an organization is to protect themselves, their faculty, and their patients, they must be able to identify these weaknesses, strengthen them and have recovery plans in place in the event of an attack.
Mobile Device SecurityThe use of personal mobile and removable devices by addiction treatment professionals to communicate inarguably makes workflow easier and more efficient. However, this is a major source of vulnerability for organizations, as this sensitive information is now stored on a personal device. Several methods of protection need to be in place in order to better manage loss or stolen devices. Cell Phones and laptops need to have multiple layers of password protection in order to keep the data on these devices safe and to prevent access by unauthorized users. Using HIPAA messaging services in place of consumer texting apps help to keep PHI secure through encryption and remote wiping in the event of theft or loss.
Get Ahead of Threats and Breaches with Risk Analysis ProtocolsDue to the highly sensitive nature of PHI, hackers are likely to attack healthcare facilities. According to the Ponemon Institute, cyberattacks are the leading cause of security breaches. A risk analysis allows an rehabilitation or treatment center to identify weak spots in their data management, communication policies, and hardware /software systems in order to improve IT security and put necessary safeguards in place. According to HIPAA, they should be conducted as frequently as possible. Identifying these vulnerabilities within a system is the first step, but what makes the ultimate difference is patching them up so as to prevent breaches or cyberattacks in the first place or have effective safeguards in place incase one is to occur.
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