Data Protection Requirements for the Healthcare Industry

Cybersecurity is top concern for healthcare organizations. For years, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been protecting the privacy and security of health information utilized by health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers. This protection is fulfilled by the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects all individually identifiable health information held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information protected health information (PHI).

The HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to maintain appropriate administrative, technical and physical procedures to assure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information that is in electronic form (ePHI).

Specifically, a healthcare organization must:

  • Ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all PHI they create, receive, maintain or transmit;
  • Identify and protect against reasonably anticipated threats to security or integrity of the information;
  • Protect against reasonably anticipated, impermissible uses or disclosures; and
  • Ensure compliance by their workforce.

The scope of the regulation was extended with the passing of the HITECH Act in 2009. The final HIPAA Omnibus Rule mandates compliance not only by these covered entities but by their third-party vendors (business associates) as well.. Failure to comply can lead to civil and criminal penalties for healthcare organizations and their business associates.

With these strict compliance standards, many healthcare organizations and their business associates are feeling vulnerable and uncertain about how these regulations truly apply to them. Advent Services offers a variety of healthcare-related IT auditing, security, and compliance solutions designed to help you understand:

  • How HIPAA, HITECH, and the final Omnibus Rule impact your organization.
  • What you need to do to protect your organization.
  • Which areas of your business pose IT risk.
  • The IT security measures you need to take to become HIPAA compliant and mitigate risk.
  • How to demonstrate, document and maintain compliance for your own organization and for your business associates.

Maintaining compliance with regulations like HIPAA is never done. Even after the auditors leave, you must continuously monitor and maintain your controls to satisfy the stringent requirements of regulations and security frameworks. A key challenge in all of this is keeping your security monitoring capabilities up to date to detect the latest threats and adapt to changes in your network and infrastructure.

Join Advent Services to learn best practices for maintaining compliance:

  • Practical steps to implement continuous monitoring
  • Ongoing asset discovery & vulnerability scanning
  • Automated log collection, analysis, & event correlation
  • Integrating real-time threat intelligence
  • How the right solutions simplify and automate continuous security monitoring

Protection and security of customer data is our first and foremost priority. Advent offers premier services, ranging from the Security Risk Assessment through final implementation of safeguard measures for our clients.

No matter which Advent security solution you choose, our Cybersecurity specialists will apply proven processes and common controls frameworks to identify potential vulnerabilities. At the completion of any engagement, you will receive a detailed report combined with a comprehensive consultation to ensure your key staff members understand:

  • Your current compliance posture.
  • Recommended steps for improving compliance.
  • Additional considerations that may require attention in the future.

Not only do we offer best-in-class insight, identification of gaps leading to cyber attack, and remediation guidance – Advent excels in delivery, premier speed and accuracy implementation of critical protection measures. Our best -practice expertise includes:

  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • GLBA Compliance
  • Risk Assessments t
  • Security Audits
  • Physical, Administrative, & Technical Assessment
  • Penetration Testing
  • Documentation of Risk Factors and Mitigation Plans
  • Identification of Ideal Solutions and Negotiation with Vendors: balancing cost and security for our clients
  • Implementation of Endpoint, Network, and Server Security
  • Ongoing Unified Threat Management
  • Security Awareness Training
  • Ongoing Compliance & Security Monitoring
  • Security Information and Event Management
  • Device Security (Apple, Windows, Mobile devices)
  • Security Policies & Procedures
  • Security Controls Implementation & Assessments
  • Incident Response
  • Security Information and Event Management
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Intrusion Detection & Behavioral Monitoring