Earlier this month, the Office of Civil Rights released a toolkit to help individuals understand HIPAA and their rights to their own health data. The HIPAA privacy rule has alway granted patients the right to access and receive a copy of their health information from their doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans. This right is what allows patients to take ownership of their own health. Doing so allows individuals to monitor conditions, comply with treatment plans, fix errors in their records, track wellness, and directly contribute their information to research. At Keystone IT, we believe so strongly that this right is imperative to health and wellbeing that we established the following vision for our company: “Keystone IT seeks to enable and empower every person to control and improve his or her own health.”
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced its intention to begin its second round of HIPAA audits. Slated to begin in 2016, the initiative will include both on-site and desk audits and will focus on areas of poor compliance found in initial audits. Audits will cover hospitals, healthcare providers, health plans and businesses. This round of compliance audits will include 200-300 limited scope desk audits to create a sample base of covered entities to ensure HIPAA Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Rules compliance.