Protecting Patients and Privacy
Compliance Assistance and Information Security Services
Pratum provides healthcare and life sciences organizations with the resources they need to ensure compliance with state and federal security and privacy regulations. Achieving HIPAA and HITECH Compliance is important, but these requirements are mere baselines for securing Protected Health Information (PHI). Pratum helps covered entities, and their business associates, excel beyond compliance to strengthen the security posture of the entire organization and its employees.
Want to learn how vulnerable your patient data is to cyber-attack?
Information Security Challenges of Healthcare
Information technology is a core component in delivering quality healthcare. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and telemedicine help enhance patient care, improve public health, streamline billing, and lower healthcare costs. Incidentally, as with all advancements in technology, information security risk is quick to follow. Attackers are keen on leveraging vulnerabilities in new technologies to exploit protected health information (PHI).
The benefits of these technologies can certainly outweigh the potential risks, but hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and physicians, pharmaceutical manufactures, and medical device makers must be prepared to assess and mitigate security risks to protect PHI.
If your healthcare organization struggles with any of the following information security risks, Pratum can help.
Compliance with Healthcare Requirements
Are you prepared for a CMS Audit? Are you concerned with HHS's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and its enforcement of HIPAA Privacy Rule? Here is a report of the most recent Resolution Agreements and Civil Money Penalties
Documenting Breach Notification Policy
State Attorney Generals have the authority to obtain damages on behalf of state residents or to enjoin further violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Do you know the data breach reporting laws for the states in which your patients reside?
Do you have control of all devices on your network? Do you know which devices are connected, and how they are being secured? Hackers use medical and other IoT devices as conduits to access healthcare data.
Is your organization staffed to handle all of its security needs? Do you have the necessary resources to secure PHI and sensitive data?
Continuous Employee Training
How often do you provide security training to employees? Is the training persistent and relevant?
Up to Date Policies & Procedures
How often are security policies and procedures reviewed and updated? Is your organization prepared for an audit?
Proper Change Management
Are you properly controlling user (employee) access to data? How about former employees? Do any of them still have access?
Understanding Cyber Insurance Policy
Do you know what is covered in your cybersecurity insurance policy? Do you have enough coverage? Are you over insured?