Like many regulated industries, the healthcare industry has been subjected to many changes in recent years. Providers face an intricate balancing act of protecting patient data while making it readily accessible to healthcare practitioners. As a result of continued public pressure, HIPAA has evolved from what was once referred to as a “paper tiger” into a robust standard with substantial fines for non-compliance. Improving regulatory compliance is now the top security priority for most healthcare organizations but keeping up with the rapidly changing HIPAA and HITECH requirements makes it all the more challenging.
Often plagued with budgetary and resource constraints, healthcare providers need effective planning at the strategic and tactical levels to address patient confidentiality requirements.