Covid-19 suddenly made widespread maintenance, transmission, and receipt of protected health information (PHI) by people working remotely from home a new reality – and exposed that PHI to significant HIPAA breach risks. Protocols to protect PHI during remote work had to be developed quickly on the fly with little time to train or properly equip workforce members. It’s not surprising that many remote work HIPAA protocols are incomplete and slapdash patchworks because covered entities faced unprecedented patient surges and focused on meeting vital patient care obligations. Business associates had to continue serving covered entities while quickly hit by unexpected stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements in the office.
Remote work is not going away. Employers discovered they can save money by having some jobs performed remotely at least part-time and the new Omicron Coronavirus strain piling quickly on the Delta Coronavirus strain is sending people back home again or delaying their return to the office. Surveys indicate remote work will continue to grow when the pandemic ends but privacy and security data protections are still inadequate.
This webinar summarizes remote work HIPAA compliance lessons learned during the pandemic.
Why Should You Attend
Attend this webinar to see how your remote work PHI safeguards measure up to hard-learned best practices throughout the healthcare industry. Cyber-criminal attacks on the healthcare industry have increased dramatically during the pandemic. PHI in remote workplaces is low-hanging fruit for criminals and unsecure remote workplaces give criminals access to the wider organization. Remote work is not going away – so make sure to protect PHI maintained, transmitted, created, and received by remote workforce members.