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According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), there are over 100 safeguards recommended for the protection of patient health information. Of those 100+, most medical practices only have 30 – 50 of these safeguards in place—and most of those aren’t documented, so they won’t be credited during an official HIPAA audit.
When it comes to HIPAA compliance, there is no consolation prize for effort—if your practice doesn’t meet the rigorous standards set forth by the HIPAA Privacy Regulations, you could be hit with crippling fines at the least—at the worst, you could find yourself facing federal charges.
But, most medical practitioners and staff know that already. What they don’t know is how to ensure that all technical, physical, and administrative safeguards required by NIST are implemented and documented.