HIPPA Is Expensive, Even Without The Fines

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Data breaches from EHRs are only getting worse, making stricter enforcement of HIPAA requirements inevitable.

By D. Pruitt, DDS

“HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador Matthew Fisher: HIPAA audits will reveal mass noncompliance.” By Jessica Davis for Healthcare IT News, February 11, 2016.

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/himss16-social-media-ambassador-matthew-fisher-hipaa-audits-will-reveal-mass-noncompliance

Matthew R. Fisher, the chair of the Health Law Group within the firm Mirick O’Connell in Worcester, Massachusetts, offers a prediction: “I think the HIPAA audits will finally occur. After the first round we’ll likely find widespread noncompliance and that, in turn, will finally spur others to immediately put into place the minimum security measures of HIPAA. But HIPAA is just the ground floor: true security measures need to go above and beyond the regulation.”

Data breaches from EHRs are only getting worse, making stricter enforcement of HIPAA requirements inevitable.

Will stricter enforcement increase or decrease the cost of electronic dental records… which are already more expensive than paper records – the gold standard of security?

(De-identification, anyone?)

D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

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