EHR 2.0 team had an opportunity to attend and learn from NIST sponsored HIPAA conference in DC on 22nd and 23rd of September. It was a fun-filled event with 300 + live attendees and 200 + webcast attendees. We have learned lot of things from the conference:
1) There’s increased interest form providers, vendors and business associates to learn updated HIPAA omnibus rule and develop best practices
2) The theme of the conference was mostly around small healthcare providers and how HHS, NIST and OCT can provide more guidelines on regulatory requirements
3) Comprehensive security risk assessment seems to be the trending topic. But, the government organizations fell short providing any real solution in developing comprehensive security risk analysis
4) HIPAA audit phase 2 is being planned aggressively with some funding from the penalty amount collected in the last few years.
5) Guidance and best practices are going to be provided by HHS/OCR and NIST. But, it’s going to be not immediately released and it’s up to the providers and business associates to reduce their risk by completing updated omnibus rule assessment, training and documentation.
We will be posting the presentation materials and additional information shortly.
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