Category Archives: HIPAA Compliance

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 7: Teamwork

In my final blog post for this HIPAA compliance audit series, I want to touch on a non-technical topic that will undoubtedly be crucial for any HIPAA-Covered Entity – the need for teamwork among the diverse individuals or departments responsible for … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 6: Document Management

A good electronic document management system is an essential part or complement to an electronic health record (EHR), as well as a copier or printer. Let us be honest – as much as you might want to deal only with e-documents, … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 5: Printer Log Management

I know one of the biggest concerns that HIPAA-Covered Entities may have right now – aside from the HIPAA audit itself – is how to ensure that PHI (protected health information) isn’t stolen or stored in a manner that doesn’t … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 4: Technical Controls

It’s almost the end of April. By now, all HIPAA-Covered Entities should at least be toying with the idea of starting a security risk analysis (required by law) in preparation for a compliance audit. Eventually, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 3: Security Risk Analysis

With HIPAA audits getting underway this year, Covered Entities are starting to ask, “What do I need to do to get ready?” As the president of an authorized Konica Minolta printer and copier company, I am asking that question, too, … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 2: Business Associates

If you’re responsible for health IT at a HIPAA-covered entity, you’re probably thinking more seriously about the reality of HIPAA compliance audits, which are getting underway this year. As I discussed in my first post on HIPAA audits a couple … Continue reading

Gearing Up for HIPAA Compliance Audits in IT, Part 1

When the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – affectionately known as HIPAA – was passed in 1996, no one was seriously thinking about how things like the Internet, electronic health records (EHRs), cloud computing and smartphones would affect personal … Continue reading