Having an effective patient privacy monitoring program is necessary to demonstrate compliance and to protect sensitive ePHI. Unfortunately, it is often difficult for organizations to execute a successful program due to time, resource, and budget constraints. Many organizations that deploy patient privacy monitoring technologies failed to achieve compliance during an OCR audit because they were not utilizing the capabilities of the audit tool, could not produce an audit and monitoring plan, or were merely automating what they had been doing previously which was inadequate or reactive.
What is utterly amazing about this is that fraud is a multi-billion dollar problem in healthcare. It robs legitimate dollars from other positive initiatives, it tarnishes reputations when discovered, other than patient safety it probably does more damage than anything else to patient confidence, yet the industry treats it as if it is someone else’s problem. Fraud is happening everywhere, most just aren’t aware of it yet. If you are not looking (auditing) you don’t know what you don’t know.
– Mac McMillan, President of CynergisTek
To help alleviate the technical and administrative burdens that health care delivery systems face, as well as the challenge of limited resources, CynergisTek can help implement and optimize your patient privacy program with our Patient Privacy Monitoring Services.