The Challenges of HIPAA Security Compliance After the HITECH ActHealthcare Training Resource
August 13, 2012 — 1,042 views
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) promotes the use and adoption of health information technology. It addresses the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security concerns by strengthening the civil and criminal enforcement of the regulation.
However, there are several HIPAA security compliance questions that have arisen after the HITECH Act was passed in 2009. Many companies might need to alter their existing policies, procedures and HIPAA training to comply with the new regulation. The new penalties can be immediately enforced, which has put some businesses at risk.
Reviewing the HITECH Act with your client and its privacy and security officer can help this business avoid such problems. Understanding the requirements may help a company make instant changes that allow it to successfully comply with these guidelines. Additionally, an informed and proactive approach could impact a business' ability to make future changes if necessary.
Meanwhile, you'll want to issue an immediate response to any compliance issues. This allows your client to avoid any penalties that his or her business could face if they failed to do so.