There is no doubt COVID-19 pandemic forced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make the HIPAA requirements for telehealth providers less stringent. However, the increased demand for telehealth providers also has increased the opportunities for data loss and information leaks.

This begs the question, where will data be stored, who will have access to it, and who is responsible if data is lost or becomes available to third parties? 

Although it does not appear that HIPAA regulations will be strengthened any time soon, that doesn’t mean telehealth providers should relax. Whether we care to admit it or not, regulations are geared toward improving cybersecurity, and the organizations who have the best practices and avoid making the news for data breaches have the competitive advantage.  

The healthcare industry is a huge target for cybercriminals because of the massive amount of sensitive personal data organizations in this sector collect. And according to a recent HIPAA report, only a small percent (17 percent) of organizations fully meet all cybersecurity standards and regularly conduct risk assessment and mitigation campaigns.  

Where does your healthcare organization stand with HIPAA? Whether you’re a traditional or telehealth provider, it’s time to review your cybersecurity stance and test your penetration perimeter. Let 2W Tech help. We have a robust Cybersecurity Compliance Program that can identify any gaps in your regulatory requirements. Contact us today to learn more.

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