Due to changes in the HIPAA regulations, lawyers can be categorized as a Business Associate if they handle protected health information (PHI). This means that there are more stringent protocols enforced for these law firms. These changes were put into place in January 2013. Recently, Legal Workspace conducted a survey to determine what percentage of healthcare law firms were complying with the HIPAA regulations as they were designed. Here are some of the findings.
These survey results have determined that law firms need to reevaluate their protocols and procedures that are in place regarding the safeguarding of protected health information. The firms are leaving themselves liable for cyberattacks which could lead to PHI being compromised. Firms need to protect their networks as well as every device that is connected with the network. It is important to make sure that there is no unnecessary data left on mobile devices as this could compromise the patient’s privacy.