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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter November 2013 Archive


HIPAA Compliance is a Team Sport:  Is your team Omnibus Rule ready?

 November  2013 Issue No.  47
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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our November 2013 HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  

 

Our article this month is entitled:  Risk Assessments: A Foundational Methodology. 

 

This article will provide an illustration of a foundational methodology that can be used to perform a Risk Assessment that complies with a critical Implementation Specification of the HIPAA Security Rule. It is also the topic of our next Webinar. 

 

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This Webinar will provide an illustration of a foundational methodology that can be used to perform a Risk Assessment that complies with a mission critical Implementation Specification of the HIPAA Security Rule.

 

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A Risk Assessment is required to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule and also to comply with Meaningful Use Stage I's Core Objective 15 and attestation. 

 

A Risk Assessment is foundational to your HIPAA Security Rule compliance initiative and your Organization is likely to be found in "willful neglect" if you ignore this requirement.

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This article will provide an illustration of a foundational methodology that can be used to perform a Risk Assessment that complies with a critical Implementation Specification of the HIPAA Security Rule. It is also the topic of our next Webinar.

Before you  attempt a Risk Assessment ("RA") you must familiarize yourself with the RA "lingo." We covered the basic vocabulary in this article and therefore won't repeat it here.

 

HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterA Risk Assessment in Seven Basic Steps


There are a number of different frameworks available for conducting a Risk Assessment; the one that we present here is based on our best practices research.

  1. Gather data regarding existing Operations, Assets and Individuals.
  2. Identify and document potential
    Threats & Vulnerabilities.
  3. Assess current Security Controls.
  4. Determine the likelihood of a Threat.
  5. Determine the potential Impact of a Threat.
  6. Determine the level of Risk associated with Threat/Vulnerability pairs.
  7. Identify new/modified Security Controls and finalize documentation.
Notice that a Risk Assessment (see §164.308(a)(1)(A)) does not actually require that your Organization implement new Security Controls, it is a pure analysis exercise. Implementation takes place in the next specification "Risk Management."

Like all things related to HIPAA, the description of what to do is quite simple compared to the actual doing, but not necessarily easy. In the next section we will cover the details of what it means to walk through these seven steps.
 

Key Contract Sections The Devil is in the Details? 

 

Although "successfully" conducting a Risk Assessment is certainly a non-trivial exercise, it is not nearly as daunting once you get a grasp of a few basic concepts. Further, although a Risk Assessment will almost always require the use of enabling technologies (e.g. network scanners, penetration testing tools, etc.) it is not something that should be just "thrown over the wall" to  the information technology department. That's a recipe for failure. Like so many things related to the Security Rule, it is far more important to get the people and process components correct than to master the technical skills. You can readily get help with the latter. 

 

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