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If your organization deals with sensitive healthcare data, you’re well aware of the importance of HIPAA compliance. While compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 may be time-consuming or complicated, it is definitely essential, regardless of the challenges that come with your compliance efforts.
To be HIPAA compliant, you must overcome the following types of challenges: technical challenges, administrative challenges, physical challenges, risk analysis challenges, and documentation challenges. Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas for a better understanding of how to make these changes.
Having the technical controls in place to protect your data is essential. However, these technical aspects of data security are not without their challenges.
In addition to technical challenges, you’ll also face administrative challenges in your efforts to protect sensitive e-PHI. You must have tight control of the processes associated with data protection. In your efforts to establish these processes, you may face the following challenges.
While much of HIPAA compliance relates to keeping digital healthcare-related data protected, you also need to be concerned with the physical safeguards you have in place to protect data.
One challenging aspect of HIPAA compliance that many organizations face is risk assessments. These assessments are conducted on a regular basis to identify vulnerabilities that may exist in your security measures. Once the vulnerabilities have been pointed out, you must take action to address them. Here are some common challenges with this process.
Closely aligned with the administrative challenges you may face in your HIPAA compliance efforts, you may also face challenges with the process and procedure documentation process. Maintaining current documentation of your policies and procedures and keeping those procedures up to date with current compliance regulations can be time-consuming and tedious. Here’s more about those challenges.
While all of these challenges may seem overwhelming to overcome, the best way to address many of them is to adopt a secure file sharing solution. With the right solution in place, you can trust that the expert file sharing vendor has all the appropriate security measures in place to keep your data protected.
Learn more about maintaining HIPAA compliance for your file sharing. Download this HIPAA compliance readiness report and use it to assess your own organization.
Founder of Sharetru (Formerly FTP Today) and a respected voice in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.
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