A HIPAA compliance assessment is needed to make sure that a medical institution manages to achieve compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA was introduced to protect the medical information of an individual. If you are the person responsible for making sure that your operations correspond to the HIPAA requirements then you’ve probably considered a HIPAA Self-Assessment.
The first and easiest step to ensure HIPAA compliance is to have documentation about the manner in which digital patient information is handled. All employees should be familiar with these procedures and act accordingly. This is easier said than done without a HIPAA Compliance Self Assessment Tool.
If you don’t have one of those then be sure to cover three core areas of compliance.
HIPAA compliance self assessment should take into consideration administrative, physical and technical safeguards.
Administrative HIPAA Controls
The administrative safeguards include the already mentioned procedures and information access restrictions, disaster recovery plans and technical updates or reviews.
Physical HIPAA Controls
Physical safeguards that should be assessed include access controls and the proper usage of the devices that store sensitive patient data.
Technical (IT) HIPAA Controls
The final set of safeguards focuses in the technical realm. Some of the most important safeguards include encryption of private information, the purchase of innovative technology that increases security and auditing procedures. You should find out if all of these safeguards are in place. They are essential to ensure your institution’s HIPAA compliance.
Different levels of computer access are also important. A big number of people having access to computer information signifies a higher chance of human errors. As an administrator, you have the right to limit the information access of some individuals who do not need to work with patient data.