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HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

What is a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis?

EHR Resources believes having a successful Security Risk Management program is a journey, not a destination. The Department of Health and Human Services requires organizations to conduct a risk analysis as the first step toward implementing safeguards specified in the HIPAA Security Rule, and ultimately achieving HIPAA compliance.

HIPAA requires organizations that handle protected health information to regularly review the administrative, physical and technical safeguards they have in place to protect the security of the information. By conducting a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, we can uncover potential weaknesses in security policies, processes and systems. Risk assessments also help address vulnerabilities, potentially preventing health data breaches or other adverse security events. Our vigorous risk assessment process improves security of patient health data.

Conducting a security risk assessment is a key requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule and a core requirement for providers seeking payment through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, commonly known as the Meaningful Use Program.

Conduct or review a security risk assessment of the certified EHR technology, and correct identified security deficiencies and provide security updates as part of an ongoing risk management process.

The HIPAA Security Rule does not mandate how the risk analysis and updates should be conducted. There are numerous methods for performing risk analysis and risk management. Our HIPAA Security Risk Analysis is conducted in accordance with the methodology described in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-30, Revision 1, Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments , and in conjunction with HIPAA Security Rule Standards in accordance with the requirements under 45 CFR 164.308(a)(1).

Below are commonly recommended steps for performing these tasks:

  1. 1. Identify the scope of the analysis
  2. 2. Gather data
  3. 3. Identify and document potential threats and vulnerabilities
  4. 4. Assess current security measures
  5. 5. Determine the likelihood of threat occurrence
  6. 6. Determine the potential impact of threat occurrence
  7. 7. Determine in the level of risk
  8. 8. Identify security measure and finalize documentation
  9. 9. Develop and implement a risk management plan
  10. 10. Implement security measures
  11. 11. Evaluate and maintain security measures

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