SECURITY & COMPLIANCE

HIPAA Security Risk Assessment

Risk Analysis helps protect PHI, meet HIPAA regulations and lower your security risk.

Actionable, Risk-Rated, Prioritized Security Risk Assessment Report

Request a sample report.

Are healthcare providers required to have a Security Risk Assessment?

Yes, all healthcare providers are required to conduct a risk assessment of their healthcare organization—regardless of the size of the practice, number of patients being cared for, or any other factors.

What is Risk Analysis and why is it important?

As a small or medium-sized healthcare provider, much of the (ePHI) Electronic Protected Health Information you maintain or send to others is critical to your organization and vital to the care of your patients.

Identity theft, lost or stolen laptops, not up-to-date computers, and hackers are just a few of the potential risks that you face as you receive, store, and transfer health data in electronic form.

Healthcare providers face significant problems if their patient's ePHI is misused, lost, or stolen. A well planned security management process can help your organization make timely risk decisions. The security management process is your organization's strategy for handling risks.

HIPAA Security Risk Assessment is the first step in Risk Analysis and to a thorough Security Management Process.

Why am I required to perform Security Risk Analysis for my healthcare organization?

To make sure that organizations take measures to protect ePHI (Electronic Patient Health Information), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) issued the HIPAA Security Rule.

The HIPAA Security Rule helps covered entities and their service providers, including small and medium service providers like you, guard against and react to security incidents. Although there are many elements that make up the HIPAA Security Rule, a Risk Assessment is seen as the most important.

Benefits of performing a HIPAA Security Risk Assessment.

Performing a security risk analysis will help you identify when and where there is a risk that:

    • Someone can compromise the confidentiality of your ePHI
    • Someone can compromise the confidentiality of your ePHI
    • Someone might affect the integrity of ePHI by either altering or deleting your ePHI
    • Someone might affect the integrity of ePHI by either altering or deleting your ePHI
    • ePHI might not be available when you need it

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does installing a certified EHR fulfill the security risk alaysis MU requirements?

No, an EHR does not replace a security risk assessment. Even with a certified EHR, you much perform a full security risk analysis. Security requirements address all electronic protected health information you maintain, not just what is in your EHR.

Does my security risk analysis only need to look at my EHR platform?

No. Review all electronic devices that store, capture, or modify electronic protected health information. Include your EHR hardware and software and devices that can access your EHR data (e.g., your tablet computer, your practice manager’s mobile phone). Remember that copiers also store data.

Will a checklist suffice for the risk analysis requirement?

No. Checklists can be useful tools, especially when starting a risk analysis, but they fall short of performing a systematic security risk analysis or documenting that one has been performed.

Is the security risk analysis optional for small providers?

Absolutely not. All providers who are “covered entities” under HIPAA are required to perform a risk analysis. In addition, all providers who want to receive EHR incentive payments must conduct a risk analysis.

Do I only need to complete a risk analysis once to comply?

No. To comply with HIPAA, you must continue to review, correct or modify, and update security protections. As part of our Security Risk Analysis process, we will help your organization define a security risk management plan to continually assess and improve the security posture of your practice.

My EHR vendor stated that they took care of everything I need to do about privacy and security. Am I covered?

False. Your EHR vendor may be able to provide information, assistance, and training on the privacy and security aspects of the EHR product. However, EHR vendors are not responsible for making their products compliant with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. It is solely your responsibility to have a complete risk analysis conducted.

Do I have to outsource the security risk analysis?

No. It is possible for small practices to do risk analysis themselves using self-help tools. However, doing a thorough and professional risk analysis that will stand up to a compliance review will require expert knowledge that could be obtained through services of an experienced outside professional.

Proven processes that deliver results.

Our HIPAA risk assessments are tailored to provide the best return on investment based on your organization’s size, complexity, and capabilities. We not only help you achieve compliance, we deliver the most effective ways to protect confidential information and lower your risk of a breach.

Risk Management

Ensure there is sufficient information and resources to make appropriate risk management decisions.

Policy & Procedure

Ensure ITSEC policies and procedures are appropriately developed and implemented.

Data Security

Ensure PHI and other sensitive data is secure.

Infrastructure Security

Ensure servers, workstations, and services are deployed according to best practices.

Comprehensive Security Risk Assessments Tailored to Your Healthcare Organization

  • Identify Assets

    We identify your IT assets: things like computers, servers, and people

  • Gather Information

    We interview key personnel, collect policy documents, and review policies to gather information about risks and controls.

  • Categorize Risk

    We identify, estimate, and prioritize the risk of your organization

  • Compare Risk & Controls

    Once we have a full picture, we compare risks and the controls that are already in place to mitigate them.

  • Make a Remediation Plan

    At the end of the Risk Analysis, you will receive a comprehensive report that provides a roadmap on how to accomplish reasonable business risk.

Reporting that makes an impact.

Prove to your auditors, executives or board members that your program is making strides in the right direction. Our reporting is comprehensive, completed by experts, and in line with the latest best practices.

All Security Risk Assessment Reports Include:

Easy Access to Reports

Get quick access to your reports through our easy-to-use online portal.

Recommended Action Plan

At the end of your engagement we give you actionable steps to take to start mitigating your risk.

Easy Access to Reports

We’ll provide you information on how we conducted our Risk Assessment and the reasoning behind each result.

Detailed Risk Analysis

We deliver a detailed analysis of your risk by asset group.

Control Group Summary

We’ll provide a summary of your control groups in your final report.

Policy Analysis

We’ll provide a comprehensive overview of your policies and provide an overview analysis in your report.

Get Started!

Speak with a HIPAA Certified Security Specialist about your Security Risk Assessment needs.

Request a free consultation

Articles from our blog.