Senior living organizations are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks, as their residents are often reliant on technology for communication and care. As a result, many senior living organizations now consider cyber insurance to be a critical asset to their risk mitigation strategy. Cyber insurance typically covers the costs of investigating and responding to a cyberattack, as well as any damages that may result. It can also provide coverage for the loss of data or income that results from an attack. In addition to malicious cyber attacks, insurance commonly covers a wide variety of other upstream failures of technology.
While the thought of obtaining cyber insurance can seem daunting, the peace of mind it gives to you, your communities, and your residents is priceless. Some of the items needed in place to apply for cyber insurance are.
Senior living organizations that purchase cyber insurance can rest assured that they will have the resources they need to recover from an attack and protect their residents. We highly encourage all senior living organizations to meet with a broker to find available options. By purchasing insurance, organizations can minimize the financial and emotional impact of a cyberattack.
For more information on how you can protect your organizations and residents reach out to our team. And to see where your vulnerabilities lie, get a FREE Risk Intelligence Scan. We will provide you with a report of sensitive and at-risk data across your managed networks and workstations, revealing how much a data breach might cost.
From caregiver mobile apps to “smart” homes, digital tools are becoming a necessity for seniors transitioning between types of care. As care goes more digital, it becomes more critical than ever for senior living organizations to protect their IT systems against data breaches and the costly HIPAA fines that come with them.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a government legislation designed to protect health-related data, ranging from employee information to patient records. HIPAA helps to hold U.S. healthcare organizations accountable for protecting data when switching from paper to electronic record systems.
Healthcare is going more digital by the day, particularly in senior care. Obtaining and maintaining HIPAA compliance is an ongoing cybersecurity role, which senior care organizations may consider outsourcing. At vcpi, we understand the unique HIPAA challenges in home health and assisted living, and how they differ from brick-and-mortar healthcare companies. For example, the Covered Entity must educate all employees, including home health workers, on how to remain HIPAA compliant. Home health employees who use their own devices are at greater risk of loss and theft. It is unsafe to allow personal device use for agency work unless proper security measures are implemented.
The scope of vcpi’s HIPAA Security Assessment (HSA) details the enterprise-wide administrative, physical, and technical controls that protect a company’s Protected Health Information (PHI) in multiple forms.
Typically, our team visits client sites and conducts phone calls to obtain information for the HSA, which includes their existing cybersecurity documentation. We analyze the technical, administrative, and physical security controls, assigning risk levels to each as well as recommendations for improvement. Our reports also present the client’s current compliance levels based on the HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH Act.
We present findings and recommendations on how to remediate risks to organizational management.
Note: These reports are not intended to make a statement or declaration on the client’s overall compliance with HIPAA Security Rule, HITECH Act, or any other applicable regulations. Compliance statements are the clients’ and appropriate regulatory enforcement authority’s responsibility.
Our HIPAA Security Assessment (HSA) leverages the HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH Act requirements to assemble a baseline of security control objectives.
Vcpi works with clients to perform the following:
First, our team assesses the client’s existing documentation, including company policies, standards, procedures, and related Information Security governance documents. We record every piece that satisfies control objectives in the HSA.
After analyzing documentation, we meet with key client security representatives to discuss their security control environment. We typically conduct these discussions with the review and testing or remaining physical, technical, and administrative controls to measure their effectiveness.
After collecting and analyzing security control data, our team assigns risk ratings to each control. These findings explain the severity of the risk and potential impacts on the client’s business operations, information assets, and systems. The below graphic displays a typical outcome:
Cost is variable based on scope, industry, and related factors.
We all know how easy it is to get distracted while surfing the web. A related story here, a special offer there, and suddenly you’re running in a whole different direction from where you started. However, that seemingly innocuous link may prove to be a trap, divulging information you never intended to share. So it’s increasingly important you develop browsing habits that will help you improve the security of your online activities.
Below we’ve put together a list of simple recommendations that will significantly strengthen your browsing security.
The vcpi team is heading to Phoenix for the 2022 American Seniors Housing Association Annual Meeting. We are so excited to kick off 2022 meeting up at the nation’s premier organization for executives in the senior living industry.
The importance of providing an effective digital workspace has been accelerated by the ongoing pandemic. This crisis has greatly increased the adoption of remote working, the use of mobile devices, and the need to provide your employees with a platform to easily and securely access the applications and information they need to collaborate on a daily basis. In addition, the unprecedented adoption and convergence of mobility, cloud, virtualization, and advanced cybersecurity technologies presents a challenging ecosystem for IT teams to maintenance and manage. Traditional workspaces are quickly becoming a thing of the past, while digital workspaces are becoming powerful competitive differentiators as businesses seek new levels of agility in their processes, and service delivery methods, while providing greater flexibility for their employees by optimizing the remote collaboration experience.
In 2004 HDI, an international organization for technical support professionals, introduced the Analyst of the Year award. Each year, HDI works with their local chapters around the globe to identify the industry’s top first-level support analyst. Individuals who are nominated at the local chapter level compete with their peers locally, regionally, and globally for this prestigious award.
Our team works diligently to fully understand our senior care clients’ needs and strategic growth directions. We strive to deliver solutions to clients before they need them, essentially, to skate where the puck is going, not to where it has been. For many years, we’ve provided technology infrastructure planning and reliable implementation for senior living clients that are pursuing mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
As part of Micah Hunt’s popular “Virtual Presentation Friday” event, vcpi’s Gary Jones joins Dr. Deborah Oranchak and Glen Rundell on January 22, 2021 from 11-12 EST for a live discussion focused on the role of physiatrists (physicians specializing in rehab and tele-rehab) in restoring functional ability and improving outcomes for those with physical or cognitive impairments or disabilities.