Wondering if your clinic is safe? You are not alone. The very health of your practice depends on your level of privacy compliance. When you follow compliant information protection principles, you earn the trust of your collaborators, your patients, and the public.
Across healthcare, administrators and providers want to better protect patient data but lack confidence in knowledge awareness and training. There is much to learn. Our team of consultants can identify your areas of risk and develop policies, procedures, and practices to protect your clinic to the letter of the law.
It’s also important to note that adopting new technology directly impacts your clinic’s privacy compliance and can be very damaging if mishandled. Our team can not only help your clinic become a part of this digital transformation of healthcare, it can ensure proper compliance measures are taken all around.
This list was designed by our privacy experts to help you understand all of the areas that must be considered to establish and maintain privacy compliance at your clinic, protect your patients, and help prevent privacy breaches.DOWNLOAD YOUR CHECKLIST
HIA, PIPEDA, or HIPAA Compliance isn’t just good for business, it’s imperative for a clinic’s survival.
Privacy regulations are established based on best practices to keep patient information safe and protect your clinic from suffering the damage of a privacy breach.
An expertly prepared PIA examines all areas of your practice to ensure safe, secure, and compliant policies and procedures are in place. It’s the only surefire way to avoid the threat of cyber attacks and other accidental privacy breaches.
• Comprehensive Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)
• Privacy compliance training for all clinic staff
• Information Manager Agreements
• Expedited PIA submission process
• Annual PIA amendment (for conformed vendors)
• Privacy hotline for guidance and support
• Annual audit and assessment report
• Clinic policy update guidance
• Annual clinic workflow update
• Agreement template update
• Privacy Handbook updates
• Breach report guidance
• Annual Privacy Conference & Workshop attendance
• Privacy Officer handbook
A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is the process of examining the method in which your clinic collects, uses, and discloses protected patient information from an administrative, physical, and technology standpoint. It looks at every single thing that touches patient data (from software to internal processes), identifies the security risks for that information and establishes risk management strategies.
Often more than 300 pages long, a PIA establishes compliant policies and procedures designed to avoid privacy breaches in your practice and keep you, your staff, and your patients safe.
In some jurisdictions such as Alberta, Canada (and soon, nation-wide) PIAs are mandatory for many healthcare professions. No matter where you are, we highly recommend doing the thorough analysis to determine the risks that could affect the viability of your business. Better yet, you can rest knowing that you’re operating your clinic in the safest way possible.
Healthcare is the only industry in which internal privacy breaches outnumber external attacks. The top reason many healthcare privacy breaches happen is because clinic staff are careless or unaware of the rules. A proper training and awareness program ensures a consistent approach when working to stay compliant throughout the organization.
Privacy compliance training is included with your Brightsquid Complete Compliance Package. Your staff will learn all regulatory requirements, their responsibility in protecting patient information and how to avoid common privacy breaches. With your continued compliance subscription, you can also send new staff, or even return to training for a refresher.Get Staff Trained
Did you know that healthcare data and protected patient information is worth more on the black market than credit card numbers? The personal patient information stored in your clinic is a goldmine for cyber criminals. There is a 25% chance your clinic will be hacked in the next 2.5 years. Combined with the risk of human error, the risk of a breach in your clinic is high.
Mandatory breach reporting is the law across North America to protect patients against the threat of identity theft, humiliation, damage to reputation or relationships, loss of employment, professional opportunities, financial loss, and more.
Your complete compliance package subscription from Brightsquid includes breach reporting guidance. However, our team will first exhaust all avenues to determine if an incident needs to be reported as a breach.
Keep our team close for the best chance of keeping breaches out. Our privacy compliance consultants have spent years understanding the regulations inside and out – and we continue to learn. We’ll teach you how to keep patient data confidential while safeguarding your clinic against the damaging effects of a privacy breach. Mandatory privacy breach reporting is the law across Canada and the US, meaning you must notify patients and the government if private information ends up in the wrong hands. If that does happen, we can help you establish a recovery plan for your clinic.