Chapter 8: HIPAA & the Rising Tide of Data Breach Awareness
Society at large is becoming more and more tech-savvy, and with that awareness comes an increased interest in hacking and data breaches. As more Americans become insured under the Affordable Care Act, as health information becomes increasingly digitized, and as the threat of missing or stolen personal information becomes more prevalent in mainstream news, people are undoubtedly going to have an increased awareness of HIPAA requirements. In fact, the industry has already seen an increase in complaints and investigations, and some legal experts think the future will bring even more legal complications.
As you provide health and healing services, be aware that patients will probably become more knowledgeable about your responsibilities to keep their data safe. They will also be more likely to pursue private action in the event of a breach than they would have in the past (especially after the success of the Connecticut case).
But as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. Your patients are more aware of data breaches, and you are, too, which means you can take steps to reduce your exposures. Remember that following HIPAA regulations and adhering to strict data security policies will help minimize your risks and keep your patients' confidential medical information safe.
An increased awareness in data breaches and access to the healthcare industry means more people will know about HIPAA regulations and whether or not your business is following suit.
Next: Chapter 9: Preparing for HIPAA Audits