What Is A Technical Compliance Audit?

HIPAA compliance is an ongoing battle for healthcare organizations of all types and sizes. As with anything complicated, it requires ongoing attention, revaluation, and commitment.

No matter how good your internal IT team is at what they do, it can be difficult to stay on top of something like compliance and how it intersects with your technology.

The #1 Problem With Internal Compliance Efforts

At a certain point, you and your team will be too close to the subject to see what actually needs to be done. Does that make sense?

It’s kind of like editing something you’ve been working on for years. You’ve been writing it and rewriting it, and at a certain point, you’re so familiar with what you’re looking at that you may not be able to see what it actually looks like.

That’s why peer-editing is so valuable. Running that written work past a set of fresh eyes can show you exactly what needs to be corrected, added and/or removed.

Just as you should with your writing, you should also be getting an outside perspective on your technical compliance…

Why Do You Need A Second Opinion On Your Technical Compliance?

Just as you would with a doctor or a mechanic, you should be sure to have your IT support processes and onsite hardware double checked on a regular basis. In doing so, you can verify the following aspects of your IT infrastructure:

  • Hardware Refresh.
    An analysis of all of the technology at your practice will help to ensure it’s all properly installed, effectively maintained, and well within its lifespan. This may sound simple, but that’s not always the case.
  • Opportunities For Improvement.
    Depending on how you had your current IT infrastructure built and implemented, there may be plenty of opportunities available to improve the way your IT works.
  • Price Check.
    An in-depth examination of your IT support will tell you whether or not you’re paying too much for what you’re getting. Think of it like a Request-For-Pricing: a standard practice in the business world that helps consumers ensure that they’re getting what they need at a competitive price.

    By verifying how your IT expenses measure up against industry standards, you could find new opportunities to save money and budget for your technology more effectively.

What can this mean for compliance? The most direct way to gain a valuable second opinion is with a compliance audit…

What Is A Technical Compliance Audit?

A compliance audit examines how your organization maintains compliance through the use of technology, in line with industry regulations (HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FINRA, etc.).

BlueHat Cyber delivers a range of key service as a part of our Technical Compliance Audit:

  • Configuration monitoring and management: Establish baseline configurations and monitor Active Directory for changes and configuration mismatches
  • File integrity monitoring: System-level file integrity and real-time change monitoring.
  • Activity monitoring and management: Shows all activity across the entire IT infrastructure and the review status of each change, read access, or logon.
  • Change monitoring and management: Shows all changes across the entire IT infrastructure grouped by the audited system, the server where the change occurred and the user who made the change.
  • Full integration with managed SIEM: Integrates with security dashboards for real-time information access and environmental awareness.
  • Compliance auditing and reporting: Reporting and auditing required to prove that your organization’s IT security adheres to PCI-DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, FISMA/NIST800-53, GLBA, FERPA, NERC CIP, ISO/IEC 27001 and other regulatory standards.

The Value Of A Technical Compliance Audit

  • Outsourced compliance management: By having a third-party audit your compliance, you remove that task from you and your staff’s workload, freeing up time to focus on other parts of your healthcare organization.
  • Objective expertise: As opposed to an internal audit with your own staff, a third-party auditor is objective and knowledgeable. Simply by their nature, the auditor will be better prepared to find errors and omissions in your compliance.
  • Enhanced patient data security: Given how closely tied compliance and security are, the audit will also help you shore up your protective measures, helping to keep patient data safe from cybercrime.
  • Valuable resources: When you choose your external auditor, make sure to find one that will provide you with a summary report of their findings and a risk management plan to help you address any issues in how your organization complies with regulatory standards.

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