3 Reasons Why HIPAA Compliance & Employee Monitoring Should Go Hand-In-Hand

Virtually every business in every sector is grappling with the reality that, along with its many benefits, the digital age has numerous hazards and shortcomings – especially when it comes to data protection. Meanwhile, those in the healthcare industry have been aware of this for a long time.

Healthcare providers collect copious amounts of their patients’ most sensitive information, and as the industry becomes more digital and accessible, that data is increasingly vulnerable to theft or misuse.

Of course, HIPAA and other laws require healthcare and healthcare-adjacent companies to protect patients’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Personal Health Information (PHI), and Electronic Health Record (EHR) from fraud, theft, or other misuses.

However, that doesn’t mean that healthcare providers are immune to the dangers of the digital age. In 2018, hundreds of data breaches compromised millions of patient records as phishing attacks, ransomware, malware, and insider threats made it extremely difficult for healthcare companies to comply with data security regulations. Unfortunately, healthcare’s long tenure in the data compliance arena isn’t helping the industry come out ahead, and the problem is progressively worsening. According to HIPAA Journal, the number of reported breaches has risen from less than 50 in 2009 to more than 365 in 2018. ..Read More..

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