HIPAA Compliance and Data Security
A study conducted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) on LTPAC providers engaged in Health Information Exchange (HIE) found that LTPAC facilities continue to have issues with outdated technology solutions, and that some key personnel in these facilities remain unaware of the importance of the security and interoperability of PHI.
Mobile device theft constitutes a major source of HIPAA breaches in senior living communities. According to a PubMed study, most HIPAA breaches are caused by the theft or loss of mobile devices on which Protected Health Information (PHI) is stored. The online journal Perspectives in Health Information Management reports that mobile technology is revolutionizing healthcare. Providers who work in the LTPAC industry are increasingly using mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets at the point of care. This is good news for residents and staff alike, but it also means that administrators and employees must be extra-vigilant about sensitive patient data to make sure it cannot be compromised by stolen or lost devices.
Cybersecurity is a concern for everyone as this world becomes more and more connected, but it's of particular concern in the area of long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) for a number of reasons. Here are a few reasons why LTPAC communities should worry about online security, and what can be done for each.
One of the biggest developments in the world of technology back in November was the rollback of net neutrality rules by the FCC. This decision by the Trump Administration has already created contention with many, and the ripple effects are still being forecasted. While it could affect numerous industries, those in senior living could see some of the biggest impact.
You want your business to grow. You write a business plan. You build a stellar online presence that provides a high-quality user experience. You court your customers. You protect your business by obtaining the appropriate insurance. You genuinely try to prepare and grow your business. If you ignore your cyber security strategy though, you are doing yourself and your growing business a major disservice.