WITH A HEALTHY DOSE OF SECURITY, EVERYONE FEELS BETTER
In healthcare, it’s not always the patient that needs to be examined. It could be the way you collect medical data or your hosting security. Safeguarding your network can be a major operation that not even a surgeon should try to take on.
That’s where we can help with everything from HIPAA compliance safeguards to identifying vulnerabilities to phishing attacks based on common tactics used by hackers. If you’re medical practice needs a checkup to see if your network and security meets HIPAA compliance, Contact Us today and we can help.
Our core IT+Security healthcare capabilities:
HIPAA Risk Assessments: Do you know how to tell is your network meets HIPAA compliance standards? We do. It starts with a risk assessment where we see how you share, store or house data. If we spot any issues, we provide the fixes. Now physicians and practice managers can work with the confidence of knowing their network is more than just secure; it substantially reduces the risks associated with a HIPAA audit.
Business Associates Agreement: Cookie cutter solutions belong in bakeries, not medical environments. With ThrottleNet, you get a formal agreement outlining how we work with you as your IT support provider. This is specific to IT and how it relates to HIPAA.
Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery: If the server goes down so does a practice. In the medical field, that’s a real life and death situation we can help you avoid with image-based backups at scheduled intervals. Gone are the worries about a ransomware attack or complete hardware failure.
Hosting/Offsite server(s) located in a cloud environment: The technology lifeblood of any medical practice is servers. ThrottleNet offsite hosting is in a secure cloud environment for a higher level of security and less potential for PHI data to be compromised. It gives you an increased level of HIPAA compliance and less worries, so you can sleep better. And that’s a good thing if you’ve just worked a 24-hour shift.
Managed Network: The managed IT and Security Services doctor is in. This is where ThrottleNet serves as your full-time IT department by providing/including unlimited remote access to our Help Desk, a network engineer, vCIO (Virtual Chief Information Officer) and 24/7 network monitoring and antivirus protection.
What is a HIPAA compliant solution?
This may be obvious, but it’s worth repeating that HIPPA is an acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; a U.S. law created by the Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of this law is to set privacy and protection regulations of patients’ medical records given to entities such as healthcare providers as well as healthcare insurance companies.
Whether it’s a major hospital system, physicians’ practice group or health plans insurance provider, all healthcare organizations that electronically send or electronically store patient medical health records must conform to the Security Rule of HIPAA. At ThrottleNet, we’re part of your HIPAA compliant solution as it applies to safeguarding Electronic Protected Health Information (e-PHI) within that Security Rule.
How to “identify and protect” against threats
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) states that under the Security Rule all healthcare providers “must maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards for e-PHI … entities must identify and protect against reasonably anticipated threats to the security or integrity of the information.”
In 2018, the HHS reports receiving 197,049 HIPAA privacy rule complaints. So how do you “identify and protect” against threats? You don’t, we do that for you. It all starts when we assess potential security risks. This detailed risk analysis searches out all the data vulnerabilities in regard to how you store patient data and how you transfer that same data to authorized recipients (i.e.; those who require physical access to patient information such as doctors, billing departments, medical specialists, etc.). Our mission is to make sure you are in HIPAA compliance because your security standards comply with the HIPAA Security Rule. With the right security measures in place it reduces your worries and concerns of a HIPAA audit.
The best medicine for your network
ThrottleNet is the best medicine for healthcare organizations wanting to feel better about meeting the Security Rule for HIPAA compliance. What we help you avoid are issues such as receiving a breach notification due to data security incidents. That’s because we put solutions into place to ensure access control and transmission security of medical information.
While this may seem obvious, eliminating security risks to prevent unauthorized access of electronic personal health information is not always taken seriously as evidence in a recent example highlighted in the HIPAA Journal: “Tennessee-based Community Health Systems operates over 200 hospitals, making it one of the largest healthcare systems in the U.S. In 2014, CHS discovered malware had been installed on its network. The malware allowed unauthorized individuals to gain access to patient information between April and June 2014. The cyberattack is believed to have been conducted by threat actors based in China.”
The HIPAA Journal continues by stating, “An advanced malware variant was used in the attack, which had the sole purpose of obtaining sensitive information. An investigation into the breach confirmed that patient data including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers had been exfiltrated. The PHI of 4.5 million patients was stolen by the attackers.””
There may be some smaller medical practices that believe all the security safeguards required of a major healthcare system do not apply to them. This is not the case. And by not fully protecting personal medical information your practice may not be fully protected by insurance as, according to the HIPAA Journal, “A significant problem for small and medium sized medical practices is that not all insurance carriers cover the cost of a HIPAA breach. The cost of a HIPAA breach not only includes the fine, but also the cost of hiring IT specialists to investigate the breach, the cost of repairing public confidence in the medical practice, and the cost of providing credit monitoring services for patients. Insurers may also limit their coverage according to the nature of the HIPAA violation and the level of negligence.”
That’s why it’s smart to let ThrottleNet take care of all your IT+Security needs, especially as it applies to HIPAA.