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An audit conducted by the office of the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) can be a pretty scary thing! Meet HIPAA / HITECH security requirements with a comprehensive audit of security controls or validate your organization’s HIPAA Compliance.

How much security is enough?

There are 77 audit protocol provisions of the Security Rule that covered entities must consider for implementation in addition to the 88 required audit provisions of the Privacy Rule each of these provisions is frequently refereed as a separate rule hence: HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules even through there is only a single HIPAA Rule for each privacy and security.


Part 1

    1. Establishing and terminating users’ access to systems housing electronic patient health information (ePHI).
    2. Emergency access to electronic information systems.
    3. Inactive computer sessions (periods of inactivity).
    4. Recording and examining activity in information systems that contain or use ePHI.Picture1
    5. Risk assessments and analyses of relevant information systems that house or process ePHI data.
    6. Employee violations (sanctions).
    7. Electronically transmitting ePHI.
    8. Preventing, detecting, containing and correcting security violations (incident reports).
    9. Regularly reviewing records of information system activity, such as audit logs, access reports and security incident tracking reports.
    10. Creating, documenting and reviewing exception reports or logs. Please provide a list of examples of security violation logging and monitoring.
    11. Monitoring systems and the network, including a listing of all network perimeter devices, i.e. firewalls and routers.
    12. Physical access to electronic information systems and the facility in which they are housed.
    13. Establishing security access controls; (what types of security access controls are currently implemented or installed in hospitals’ databases that house ePHI data?).
    14. Remote access activity i.e. network infrastructure, platform, access servers, authentication, and encryption software.
    15. Internet usage.
    16. Wireless security (transmission and usage).
    17. Firewalls, routers and switches.Norton
    18. Maintenance and repairs of hardware, walls, doors, and locks in sensitive areas.
    19. Terminating an electronic session and encrypting and decrypting ePHI.
    20. Transmitting ePHI.
    21. Password and server configurations.
    22. Anti-virus software.
    23. Network remote access.
    24. Computer patch management.

      Part 2

    1. Please provide a list of all information systems that house ePHI data, as well as network diagrams, including all hardware and software that are used to collect, store, process or transmit ePHI.business_people
    2. Please provide a list of terminated employees.
    3. Please provide a list of all new hires.
    4. Please provide a list of encryption mechanisms use for ePHI.
    5. Please provide a list of authentication methods used to identify users authorized to access ePHI.
    6. Please provide a list of outsourced individuals and contractors with access to ePHI data, if applicable. Please include a copy of the contract for these individuals.
    7. Please provide a list of transmission methods used to transmit ePHI over an electronic communications network.
    8. Please provide organizational charts that include names and titles for the management information system and information system security departments.
    9. Please provide entity wide security program plans (e.g. System Security Plan).box_vista_business_disc
    10. Please provide a list of all users with access to ePHI data. Please identify each user’s access rights and privileges.
    11. Please provide a list of systems administrators, backup operators and users.
    12. Please include a list of antivirus servers, installed, including their versions.
    13. Please provide a list of software used to manage and control access to the Internet.
    14. Please provide the antivirus software used for desktop and other devices, including their versions.
    15. Please provide a list of users with remote access capabilities.
    16. Please provide a list of database security requirements and settings.

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