Healthcare Information Technology

You are to write a 6 page paper discussing your recommendations and solutions for the CEO of a local Health Care Company, which has numerous HIPAA issues. Your consulting firm for IT is contacted by the CEO of a local Health Care Company to create systems that significantly reduce the risk of further HIPAA breaches for the Company. The Federal Government audited the Health Care Company pursuant to whistleblower complaints. And heavy fines were levied against the Health Care Company for multiple HIPAA breaches. The Federal Government cited the following issues: 1) Weakened Firewall 2) Compromised Software 3) Patches that no longer work and protect 4) Presence of Spyware, Malware and Ransomware 5) Staff not following physical HIPAA Safety Precautions 6) No existing policies regarding use of Social Media by Employees 7) Numerous Staff Training and Education issues 8) Failure to follow the Red Flag Rule 9) Medical Records Staff failing to follow and implement quality assurance protocols for faxes, letters, emails and other electronic submissions 10) No System Back-up Plans 11) No Emergency and Contingency Plans 12) No Annual HIPAA Risk Assessment being conducted 13) Lack of Peer Review and Staff Audits 14) Failure to Follow the Minimum Necessary Rule 15) Failure to Follow the Need to Know Rule 16) Staff Failure to use Physical Safeguards with Patient Records 17) Staff disclosing Patient Information to Third Parties 18) Staff not using Release of Information with Patients Please advise the CEO of your recommendations and New Systems Plan.

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