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The Wild West of HIPAA!

LAAHU's annual conference was western themed this year, hence our wild west attire!

LAAHU's annual conference was western themed this year, hence our wild west attire!

This past week Mannassi IT Solutions was an exhibitor at the annual conference for the Los Angeles Association for Health Underwriters (link).  We were showcasing our new HIPAA risk analysis services.  Many of the brokers we spoke to were very surprised to hear about the ramifications of not having their network meet HIPAA compliance standards, as required by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

What we discovered was that there is very little education about HIPAA outside of major hospitals about compliance standards for what the OCR calls “Business Associates”, people or businesses that interact with information protected under HIPAA but who are not doctors or nurses. The risks business associates run but not keeping their tech HIPAA compliant is huge. A single data breach can cost millions of dollars in fines, not to mention the client trust lost. Many people also don’t realize that the OCR can audit you at any time, even if you’ve never had a data breach.

The bigger picture is that HIPAA compliance is not a “one and done” process.  The dynamic and ever-changing nature of information technology means that not having an ongoing plan to monitor your network is, as the National Law Review called it in an article last week, “a plan to fail”.  Once you’ve got your systems up to HIPAA standards you need to keep a constant eye on the network, and monitor alerts for when it falls out of compliance. From a two-person office to a major hospital, keeping tabs on your security systems is a very real need.

We’ve been working on expanding our offerings, and now provide a solution called HIPAA as a Service.

With this service, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re under 24/7 lock and key without having to man the battlements yourself. Plus, you’re provided with everything you need to prove your compliance should the OCR decide to audit you. It really does take the headache out of HIPAA compliance!

Visit our HIPAA page to learn more about how we can help you, or drop us a line at info@mannassi.com. We have limited time offers for getting started with HIPAA as a service right away.

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