IT | Security

HIPAA Regulations Get Teeth, Report Offers Insight

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 11/5/2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights released the HIPAA omnibus final rule last month, implementing a number of provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). It is expected that the final rule will be followed by strong enforcement, so companies not prepared face a significant risk.

Absolute Software is currently offering a complimentary report from Gartner that examines the impact of the new HIPAA regulations and enforcement. "Gartner Report: As HIPAA Regulations Get Teeth, Healthcare Feels the Bite" includes insight on:

  • How to implement a risk management program
  • How to evaluate specific compliance activities based on advice from legal counsel
  • The need to revisit security planning to ensure existing protocols are appropriate based on your HIPAA risk assessment
With an expanded network of potential non-compliance, more audits, and higher penalties, IT departments need to employ proactive defensive strategies to improve data privacy and security.

To learn more, download the report here.