Earlier this year, new legislation now known as the Safe Harbor bill ratified changes to the HITECH Act that will reduce HIPAA fines and penalties for data breaches if your medical, dental, or veterinary practice has proper security measures in place. The HIPAA Safe Harbor bill amends the HITECH Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider whether a covered medical, dental, or veterinary practice has met recognized safe cybersecurity practices.
The HIPAA Safe Harbor bill’s objective is to lessen the potential sanctions, penalties, and the length of audit time only if the entity adopted cybersecurity best practices. Your practice must have a cybersecurity framework in place and demonstrate having industry-standard security measures in place for 12 months before receiving the benefits of reduced enforcement and penalties.
The addition of HIPAA Safe Harbor Bill is significant because it is requiring compliance and cybersecurity to work together as a best practice and can benefit yours. By following cybersecurity best practices, you can protect your practice and reduce the risk of a successful attack and limit the damage if threats occur.
The Safe Harbor Bill has loosely defined recognized cybersecurity practices and HHS has not yet publicized regulations or a timeline. However, healthcare practices should begin preparation now. The first step is to assess your organization’s weaknesses. Keep IT Simple provides Risk Assessments and HIPAA and HITECH Compliant services and support to help protect medical, dental, or veterinary practices. Regular risk assessments throughout your practice will reveal any potential vulnerabilities and we will make recommendations to secure and protect the confidentiality and integrity of your practice’s protected health information (PHI).
The number of cyber-attacks and ransomware on healthcare organizations last year was unparalleled. Protect your practice. Protect your reputation. Keep IT Simple and its team of technology consultants are highly trained in keeping up with the latest security trends and vulnerabilities. We know the ins and outs of HIPAA and HITECH laws and stay current with the ever-evolving regulations. Call us today at 877-407-7888 for a complete understanding of all the Safe Harbor Bill and how it can benefit your medical, dental, or veterinary practice.