HIPAA vs Cybersecure

As an Information Technology company, many think we look at the world through “tech-colored glasses.” In some regards, this is true, although we must view each of our clients with a different pair of “tech-colored glasses." One primary focus the majority of our Pendello clients need is to be compliant. There are a multitude of industries that are required to adhere to specific rules and regulations. The healthcare community that handles protected health information is one of those industries, but there is a great deal of confusion about being HIPAA compliant and cyber-secure. Let’s take a look at what being HIPAA compliant means regarding cybersecurity.

HIPAA Can Be Confusing

“The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.”  

The basis of meeting HIPAA compliance means that you are protecting your patients. HIPAA compliance is necessary when dealing with vital patient records and data, although meeting HIPAA compliance does not mean that your business is cyber-secure. HIPAA focuses on protecting patient information but does not outline a straightforward way a business should operate to maintain a robust cybersecurity posture. Healthcare is one of the most targeted industries in cybercrime. The damage done to a business (and the affected individuals) from a breach can be catastrophic, and the HIPAA factor only compounds the damage.

HIPAA regulations are built to protect patient data, and in a world of constant cyber-attacks, we must implement more than just HIPAA compliance. Pendello Solutions has the tools and experiences to help to guide you through HIPAA compliance and strengthen your cybersecurity posture. Reach out to your Pendello Solutions team today to learn more about developing an all-encompassing compliance and security posture.