Between January and May of 2016, 2,136,810 patient records we stolen and exposed in the United States. This exposure of patient health information can be blamed on security breaches, but do you know what constitutes a breach and how do you move forward if one happens?
A security breach is defined as the “acquisition, access, use or disclosure of protected health information in a manner not permitted which compromises the security or privacy of the protected health information.” Most people probably think breaches occur when their system is hacked but in reality it can happen numerous ways including:
These breaches can occur by simply sending a fax or email to the wrong person, leaving your computer in your car and it’s stolen, or even opening an email with ransomware. That’s why it’s imperative for employees to be properly trained and to keep records of their training which can be done using HIPAAwise™ - The van Halem Group Solution.
But on the unfortunate chance a breach happens to your organization what are the steps you need to take in order to mitigate the situation?