Although the enforcement date for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule was Sept. 23, compliance is an ongoing project, and educating smaller business associates is a continuing challenge, says Jeff Cobb, CISO at Capella Healthcare.
Bill Stewart, a privacy and security expert at medical device manufacturer Philips Healthcare, offers an explanation of when hospitals should apply software patches to devices on their own and when they should work with the supplier.
Before hiring a cloud services vendor, healthcare organizations should demand answers to tough questions about privacy and security, says Phil Curran, a hospital CISO who has scrutinized many companies.
Top executives at healthcare organizations must take the lead in overcoming a culture that portrays privacy and security as barriers, says Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
As the Sept. 23 enforcement deadline for HIPAA Omnibus approaches, an error that many business associates are making is thinking that compliance can be achieved with a simple checklist, says consultant Andrew Hicks.
Lee Kim, the new director of privacy and security at HIMSS, says keeping track of where sensitive data is located, detecting breaches and dealing with insider threats are among the most critical issues.
As healthcare organizations ramp up HIPAA compliance efforts, they should make far greater use of guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says security consultant Mac McMillan.
When participating in a health information exchange, providers need to take several HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance steps, including spelling out responsibilities in the event of an HIE breach, says attorney Helen Oscislawski.
An important aspect of HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance for covered entities as well as business associates and their subcontractors is policing what privacy attorney Gerard Stegmaier calls "the data supply chain."