As sensitive data continues to be recorded and stored electronically, healthcare providers must stay up to speed on the best methods for avoiding the risk of a data breach of patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI). Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule, healthcare organizations are required to conduct accurate and thorough analyses of any potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI) held by the covered entity or business associate. Upon completion of the risk analysis, if any risks are identified, other steps must be taken to reduce those risks to reasonable and appropriate levels.

While the OCR has issued Guidance on Risk Analysis, many organizations still struggle to perform risk assessments that both meet compliance obligations and more importantly, actually help improve the security program. BALLAST offers a platform that will simplify the risk assessment process and meet both the challenges of compliance and security.

Say Goodbye to Spreadsheets

Gone are the days of troublesome spreadsheets that have to be shared over time through a variety of people and channels. With BALLAST, you can replace those spreadsheets with a purpose-built healthcare risk assessment tool. BALLAST will streamline your efforts, allowing you to meet regulatory requirements in a simple and timely manner. It doesn’t matter if you manage one or hundreds of facilities because the BALLAST risk assessment software will efficiently identify, analyze, and manage your security risks, while thoroughly assessing each risk, then seamlessly creating, assigning, and tracking remediation activities and due dates over multiple facilities.

Get a Glimpse at What Matters Most

Through BALLAST’s easy-to-read dashboards, organizations can receive real-time feedback on risk assessment activities. Administrators can use pre-built threat listings and control standards specific to the healthcare industry great bonus for organizations of different sizes is that reporting can be customized to support single entity dashboards or more robust views for multiple or many operating units.

Simplify the Reporting Process

With BALLAST’s one-click risk analysis reporting feature, health providers can meet healthcare regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, while generating assessment reports on-demand for auditors and regulators. BALLAST’s one-click compliance reporting provides a fully-formulated, up-to-date risk assessment report in seconds.

Ready to see what BALLAST can do for your organization? Schedule a demo today to learn more!

Mark Fulford

Mark Fulford

Mark Fulford, CISSP, CISA, ABCP, CRISC, is a Shareholder in the risk services division of LBMC, PC. With nearly 25 years of experience in information security audit and compliance, Mark understands how to translate technical jargon into actionable intelligence. With significant experience in healthcare, his expertise includes assisting companies with Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA & PCI, HITRUST compliance, as well as providing assurance to clients and their stakeholders through SOC 1 and 2 reporting engagements. More recently, his focus has been on helping organizations identify and manage information security risks through both guided and automated risk assessment techniques.