Privacy Incident Response in an Uncertain Time

Compliance with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has turned healthcare upside down.

As overburdened health systems focus on saving lives, the number of data privacy and security incidents will soar. To safeguard patient privacy, you need a privacy incident response process that is efficient, consistent, and helps reduce risk.

Privacy or security incidents involving protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) in healthcare settings are inevitable. You rely on highly personal and sensitive data to provide care, and the abundance of this data presents higher risk of unauthorized disclosures—especially during a crisis when critical patient care and provider safety are top priorities.

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Included in this ebook:

  • Get an overview of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule.
  • Learn the six sure steps of a consistent, efficient process for privacy incident response so you can meet HIPAA breach notification requirements and protect patient privacy.
  • Discover additional resources for building a strong privacy program and complying with ever-changing breach notification laws.

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In this chaotic environment, employee errors and cyberattacks will lead to unauthorized disclosures of personal information.

When that happens, privacy and security teams will need a go-to privacy incident response plan that protects patient privacy and shows good faith to regulators and the public. Even though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a limited waiver for certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule,1 compliance still matters. And HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requirements are an excellent standard for evaluating the effectiveness of your incident response plan now and after the crisis passes.

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