It is no secret that HIPAA enforcement is a necessary but time-consuming task for healthcare professionals.
HIPAA Compliance and Accountability Go Hand-In-Hand
How can we drive accountability to make compliance easy?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires any healthcare providers that deal with sensitive patient information to follow a set of rules and regulations to ensure that patient information is secure and protected. The regular tasks that healthcare professionals are required to perform can take up a significant amount of time, but are all necessary and required by law. The Office of Civil Rightsconducts regular checks and audits to regulate HIPAA enforcement, and falling behind on regular tasks could lead to serious consequences for organizations as well as for individuals.
Knowing the procedure for enforcing HIPAA has become easier with the internet, as finding checklists for maintaining HIPAA compliance and monitoring HIPAA liability risk is simpler than ever. That said, a simple click into those checklists reveals how complicated the process still is and how little easy it would be to lose track of crucial to-do’s. So how can healthcare providers and anyone who deals with sensitive information make sure that they stay on top of the crucial tasks they need to accomplish to remain HIPAA compliant?
Accountability is Key
The key is in the name of the Act - “Accountability.” Even with all of the checklists in the world, health care organizations will never stay on top of their HIPAA certification unless individuals feel accountable for the tasks that are placed in their control.
The person placed in charge of monitoring HIPAA’s Administrative Safeguards, for example, might naturally feel like conducting regular risk assessments is not necessary, especially if they’ve already done them this year and nothing unusual was revealed. This individual could serve as a possible HIPAA liability risk that leads the organization to fail a HIPAA audit. The implications are huge.
Real Accountability Makes HIPAA Compliance Much Easier
Now, if this person had a system in place to drive accountability so when things need to get done, team members felt truly accountable for accomplishing these tasks, and accomplishing them well, then the risk of failing an audit decreases to almost nothing.
With tasks as complicated and frequent as these, how do healthcare providers instill this sense of accountability without relying on micromanaging and always looking over individuals’ shoulders?
CommandHound Provides the Perfect Solution
CommandHound, a state-of-the-art accountability software, provides the perfect solution to these problems by ensuring follow-through on individual tasks. Teams in charge of different aspects of HIPAA compliance can input all of their tasks into the system, and build in escalation schedules.
This ensures that tasks that have not been completed in the right amount of time are escalated to managers, who can then prioritize only those tasks without having to micromanage every member of their team.
CommandHound Makes Sure that HIPAA Compliance Tasks Get Done On Time
With CommandHound, teams are able to delegate tasks, monitor their upcoming deadlines, and escalate these tasks when they are not completed in time. Team members' task completion performance is recorded for later analysis and performance review purposes.
This instills a sense of accountability on all teams regardless of the difficulty or banality of the task, and ensures that HIPAA compliance remains current by stopping any single individual from becoming a HIPAA liability. Start using CommandHound today.