The HIPAA Security Rule requires organizations to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. (45 C.F.R. § 164.308(a)(1).) The Risk analysis is one of four required implementation specifications that provide instructions to implement the Security Management Process standard. Section 164.308(a)(1)(ii)(A) states that to have a HIPAA Risk Analysis done means to conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information held by the the covered entity or business assoiate.
The very first step towards becoming HIPAA Compliant is to conduct the required HIPAA Security Risk Analysis. HIPAA also requires covered entities and business associates to conduct the HIPAA Security Risk Analysis on an ongoing basis. Most entities believe that all they need to do is to conduct this analysis on an annual basis, but HIPAA requires entities to perform the Risk Analysis whenever there is a major change such as getting a new computer system or moving to a new location. A HIPAA Risk Analysis not only helps to be compliant but also it is an eye opening process that clearly shows you what is happening in your network. You can see in a glance what your weaknesses are and where you can improve.
As a Certified HIPAA Compliant IT Support Service Provider in Orange County, we provide full service HIPAA Compliance package which includes a thorough HIPAA Security Risk Analysis. Unlike many IT services that call themselves HIPAA Compliant we start by a thorough physical walk through of your offices to pick up any physical HIPAA violations which may exist in your office. We listen to what is going on in your office as we perform your Risk Analysis to see if we even hear anything that may be a HIPAA security violation. We then perform a full internal and external network vulnerability scan to see if there are any security weaknesses. We gather all the information in our data analysis and we create a series of detailed reports. We put this into a risk analysis binder and give it to you in both in physical and digital form. We put together a plan of how to get your office to becoming completely HIPAA Compliant and put it into your binder. These are some of the fundamental HIPAA requirements, we simply do it for you.