HIPAA Compliance Services
Simple HIPAA Compliance Systems Implementation
We help businesses that collect healthcare data stop worrying about HIPAA compliance.
HIPAA compliance is complicated. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was designed to protect consumers” electronic protected health information (ePHI) and ensure that the data is stored, accessed, transferred, and processed in ways that do not allow it to fall into the wrong hands. For companies operating in the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance is absolutely vital because of the sensitive nature of health information and the steep punishments for being found non-compliant.
Winsor Consulting’s expert HIPAA compliance managed security consultants will help your company implement data collection and storage policies that ensure you are presently compliant and put you in a position for ongoing compliance. We aren’t simply compliance box checkers. Our team will help your business find innovative ways to achieve compliance without interrupting your current business processes.
Find simple solutions to the complex HIPAA compliance problem
The penalties for noncompliance with HIPAA regulations are stiff. A single violation can range from $100 to $50,000 based on the level of negligence. Additionally, a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per year can be assessed for violations of an identical provision. This means that businesses that continually store or transfer ePHI in a non-compliant way are leaving themselves open to millions in damages. Penalties that high could shut your doors permanently.
Winsor Consulting offers complete managed security HIPAA HITECH audits to ensure that your business partners are up to date and do not expose your organization to undue risk. When a business associate has never required HIPAA compliance previously, we work with them to implement policies and standards that not only ensure that they are currently compliant, but will also ensure they remain so in the future.
Who Does HIPAA Apply To?
Health Plans: including health insurance companies, HMOs, company health plans, and certain government programs that pay for health care, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Most Health Care Providers: those that conduct certain business electronically, such as electronically billing your health insurance including most doctors, clinics, hospitals, psychologists, chiropractors, nursing homes, pharmacies, and dentists.
Health Care Clearinghouses: entities that process nonstandard health information they receive from another entity into a standard (i.e., standard electronic format or data content), or vice versa.
In addition, business associates of covered entities must follow parts of the HIPAA regulations.
Often, contractors, subcontractors, and other outside persons and companies that are not employees of a covered entity will need to have access to your health information when providing services to the covered entity. These entities are labeled “business associates.”
Protect Your Client’s Data & Avoid Hefty Fines
Nearly 25% of all cyber breaches occur through data stored by third parties. In 2013, third-party partnered business breaches affected 48% of the 26.8 million people whose data was breached. For companies that must be HIPAA compliant, this is a huge problem.
These breaches may not only affect your compliance but can also erode customer confidence in your organization. It is incredibly important that you conduct a full audit of any business associate that will be storing your customer data to ensure that they are HIPAA compliant and have the best practices in place for storing customer data.
HIPAA Privacy Rule
This rule aims to establish national standards that protect patients’ health information and make sure any individually identifiable information is safe.