Security vs. Compliance: What Every Healthcare Executive Needs to Know

Strive to be security-first with your cybersecurity plan.

Maintaining HIPAA compliance is essential to the cybersecurity of healthcare data and IT. HIPAA’s standards act as the baseline for a security plan to meet the most minimal protections against ransomware and other cyber threats. Yet, most healthcare organizations are unsure if their existing security measures are both completely compliant and optimally secure.

A major issue that gets in the way of organizations implementing effective security systems is that HIPAA is descriptive and not prescriptive. Meaning, HIPAA will tell you what the standards to be met are, but they won’t tell you how to do it. To avoid penalties, organizations may prioritize compliance and shape most of their security policies around it. However, this can lead to security being insufficient to protect patient information, leading to more harm than good.

Organizations can ensure they meet HIPAA requirements while concurrently building a security-first organization by making cybersecurity an everyday process, not an event driven process. Watch our “Security vs Compliance” webinar, presented by ClearDATA, Texas Health Resources, and Healthcare IT News, to learn about meeting HIPAA’s regulation standards while maintaining optimal cybersecurity.