HIPAA Facility Security Walkthrough Checklist
Excellent guidance for auditing facilities that contain protected health information. Simply check the boxes and write notes as you conduct your walk-through audit.
Why are HIPAA Facility Walkthroughs Important?
The importance of a walkthrough is both for internal use and proof of due diligence for a potential audit of your organization. Having a comprehensive HIPAA orientation for new employees and a recurring HIPAA training for retained employees is important but, without a field test of this knowledge, vulnerabilities can be exploited.
ComplyAssistant’s HIPAA Facility Walkthrough Checklist will provide you with the high level search criteria necessary to review as you walk around each department. As any HIPAA Privacy and/or Security Office will attest, conducting random HIPAA facility walkthroughs within different sections of your organization where PHI is accessed and/or stored is a necessary part of your HIPAA compliance program but, you need to make sure you are looking for the correct signs.
Failure to comply with HIPAA can lead to massive fines and irreparable damage to an organization’s reputation. Since the HIPAA rules and regulations have been in existence for over 20 years, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) will issue fines for lack of compliance with HIPAA-HITECH- Omnibus Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification rules regardless if the incident was accidental or a product of willful neglect. Although the former will carry less of a fine than the latter.
ComplyAssistant’s HIPAA Facility Walkthrough Checklist is one of the free tools we offer to our website visitors to assist in their compliance needs. Our goal is to institute a “culture of compliance” in each of our client organizations and the use of a properly outlined HIPAA Facility Walkthrough Checklist is a very important in a client’s compliance evolution.
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This checklist can be automated with our mobile healthcare compliance audit tool and visit our healthcare cybersecurity services page for more information on managed services.
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