Ransomware attacks and data breaches are hitting all time highs, and dental practices aren’t immune.
As more hackers seek to monetize patient data they’ve stolen, your responsibility to safeguard your patients’ PHI (protected health information), and exposing yourself to a HIPAA violation becomes more relevant and crucial than ever.
Most Common HIPAA Violations
- Impermissible uses and disclosures of PHI
- Lack of technology safeguards of PHI
- Lack of adequate contingency planning in case of a data breach or ransomware attack
- Lack of administrative safeguards of PHI
- Lack of a mandatory HIPAA risk assessment
- Lack of executed Business Associate Agreements
- Lack of employee training and updated policies and procedures
3 Components of HIPAA
This deals with the physical security of your practice facilities and data storage
Dental Office Manager as HIPAA Point Person
HIPAA requires that a dental practice have an appointed HIPAA compliance officer. In most practices — yep, you guessed it — that falls on you, the dental office manager.
But with everything else you have to do, how can you help ensure your practice complies with all the administrative requirements of HIPAA?
You could hire a HIPAA consultant to come in and train everyone (at an exorbitant cost and a loss of patient-care time) and hope everyone understands and does what they’re supposed to.
Or, you could do it yourself and:
And when you’re done, you can begin implementing a program to keep staff trained, patient data secure, and all regulation boxes ticked off. Easy-peasy, right? Not.
PCIHIPAA’s OfficeSafe Compliance Program Includes:
Take a Free Risk Assessment
You don’t start your workday intending to get into a car accident. But, you carry insurance — just in case. That’s what the Office Safe program is — insurance and education and the tools you need to fulfill the HIPAA administrative requirements.
Take a free risk assessment with no obligation. All it takes is 10 minutes and you’ll immediately receive your Risk Score a free report and qualify for a free 30-minute assessment review.
As an added bonus, taking it also fulfills the HIPAA requirement that you conduct a risk analysis.
Then, give us a call at 877-627-0787 and discover how easy and affordable it can be to get you on your way to totally protecting patient data and keeping it private.