Meeting HIPAA’s (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements is known as HIPAA compliance, and it is governed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This tutorial serves as an introduction to the ideas of HIPAA compliance and HIPAA checklist requirements.
HIPAA Compliance Checklist
It is useful to be aware of the materials needed to comply with HIPAA rules. A checklist for adhering to the Technical Safeguards part of HIPAA is provided below.
The technical safeguards chosen have to do with the tools needed to access and safeguard PHI. Once it leaves the organization’s internal perimeter, PHI must be encrypted. This makes sure that if patient information is compromised, it will be unreadable and useless. Organizations can choose any tools that are available to them as long as the requirements are satisfied:
Implement access control by allocating specific user access and establishing rules for the release and disclosure of PHI in an emergency.
Verify PHI – Check if it is authentic and hasn’t been changed or destroyed.
Message encryption and decryption – Authorized users must be able to decrypt communications both when they are sent outside of a server behind an internal firewall and when they are received.
Audit and log activities – Audit controls should keep track of any attempts to access PHI as well as any modifications made to the data after such access.
Automatically log off of devices – Automatically log authorised users out of devices to prevent unauthorised access from unattended devices.
Especially if there is a risk that they will handle ePHI, audit all Business Associates and contractors to ensure they are compliant and adhere to your BAA.
Cooperate with security and technology providers with a compliance focus. These businesses can offer secure file transfers, cloud technology, and configuration-specific security software.
Perform the audits necessary for your particular business in a regulated setting, making sure to use and maintain a complete audit trail of data access and other PHI-related events.
Appoint a HIPAA Compliance Officer to oversee your organization’s compliance initiatives.
To preserve compliance and security, keep all software versions updated to the most recent releases.