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Safeguard PHI Now

 A report by Deloitte Center for Health Solutions urges healthcare stakeholders to take steps immediately to safeguard PHI (protected health information). 

Deloitte’s Executive Director, Paul Keckley, states, “As the healthcare industry transitions to widespread adoption of electronic health records, clinical data warehousing, home monitoring and remote medicine, there may be greater probability of data breaches, potentially resulting in data fraud and medical identity theft.  Medical fraud is a serious issue and 67 percent of consumers we polled believe fraud has a major influence on driving up the overall cost of healthcare.”

It’s not only the consumers who are concerned about fraud.  HIT (health information technology) stakeholders consistently listed Privacy and Security as potential roadblocks to attaining a first-rate national HIE (health information exchange).  Outdated policies and procedures, and noncompliance to existing policies were cited as reasons why PHI is vulnerable at some HIT organizations.  In addition, stakeholders want to receive regular updates on Privacy and Security policies due to the ever-changing landscape of HIT.  The good news is HIT C-Suite professionals are willing to collaborate and share solutions.  The bad news is healthcare organizations are understaffed and under-budgeted to properly implement, train and deploy Privacy and Security policies and procedures to meet current federal mandates.

The best solution to meet HIPAA and HITECH requirements with flexibility built in for inevitable changes, is to attain HIPAA Security Policy and Procedures template suite.  The software includes 68 policies and everything you need to rapidly develop and implement HIPAA Security policies.  Templates are based on HIPAA requirements, the HITECH Act, NIST standards, ISO 17799 and Security best practices.  Using the HIPAA Security Policy and Procedures software will save you, at the minimum 400 work hours.  These templates have been successfully suited for the following organizations:       

·         Hospitals

·         Health Plans

·         Insurance Companies

·         Third Party Administrators

·         Clearing Houses

·         Physicians

·         County Government

·         State Agencies

·         Business Associates

·         Payers and Providers

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