If your healthcare organization is subject to periodic audit checks, are you sure that the patient electronic protected health information (ePHI) you store on Microsoft SharePoint is secure? Is your SharePoint HIPAA compliant, and can you easily provide definitive evidence for auditors? The right solution can enable you to answer these questions with a confident “Yes!” Moreover, it will streamline your SharePoint HIPAA compliance processes and enable you to efficiently tackle the challenges being thrown at you by constantly growing and increasingly strict regulations.
Under HIPAA, a business associate agreement (BAA) is a contract between any HIPAA-covered entities (such as hospitals or doctors) and a HIPAA business associate (BA) (such as accounting or consulting firms). From the moment that health information of an individual is involved, both the HIPPA healthcare organization and the BA are automatically subject to HIPAA, including the HIPAA Security Rule and the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Accordingly, they must take complete responsibility for the security of the patient information.
HIPAA was not effectively enforced until the HITECH Act was enacted in 2009. Among other things, HITECH added the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, which requires full disclosure of any leaks of protected health information (PHI) directly to both the patients and government authorities.
Because many healthcare organizations and BAs use Microsoft Office SharePoint to keep and share critical data, they must take steps to ensure SharePoint HIPAA compliance. In particular, to successfully pass HIPAA audit checks, they must adhere to the following HIPAA guidelines:
Is your SharePoint HIPAA compliant? Is your compliance reporting process streamlined? Can you provide enough evidence to prove your adherence to the HIPAA requirements? Netwrix Auditor for SharePoint ensures you can answer these questions in the affirmative with no doubts. The solution delivers 360-degree visibility into what’s happening in your SharePoint environment, so you can establish proper audit controls and align your reporting processes to HIPAA requirements with less effort and expense.