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On Becoming HIPAA Compliant

As with many things in life, HIPAA compliance is more of a journey than a destination. Even once you've done the hard work of evaluating your practice for vulnerabilities, mitigating the risks, and documenting the whole process, it's not enough to just put a stamp on your practice that says, Compliant!

You must invest time in ongoing training and awareness programs of HIPAA compliance support, stay on top of changes to personnel, technology, and the pertinent legislation You must continually measure and address any additional risk to patient records that may be introduced or uncovered as a result of these changes, and of course, keep a record of it all as you go.

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Use encryption software to protect ePHI on your server. We recently saw a practice lose a server to theft during an overnight break-in. When your data is encrypted on the server hard drives, there's no way for the thieves to access the ePHI stored there without the unique password you create.

Install antivirus software on all PCs, tablets, notebooks, and servers, AND keep it current. Protect your network's data from their efforts with antivirus software and make sure it stays updated so you're protected via the latest anti-virus signatures.

Create a backup and restore plan for your API. Not only are you required to protect ePHI, but you are also required to produce it for your patients promptly should they request access to it. A good backup and restore plan can help you achieve both objectives.