HIPAA Compliance for Remote Workers

Duration: 60 Minutes
Instructor: Paul R. Hales
Webinar Id: 803062


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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 you should 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.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • The New Normal in Healthcare
    • Remote Work
    • Hybrid - Remote and Office Workplaces
  • HIPAA Rules for Remote Work
    • Key Privacy and Security Rule Safeguards
  • Remote Work Protocols
    • Securing the Remote Workplace
    • Remote Workforce Guidelines
    • Remote Work Technology Considerations

Who Will Benefit:
  • Health Care Provider compliance officials
  • Health Plan compliance officials
  • Business Associate compliance officials
  • Covered entity and business associate C-suite and board of director members responsible for HIPAA compliance and data privacy oversight
  • In-house and outside health law counsel

Speaker Profile
Paul R. Hales, J.D. is widely recognized for his expert knowledge and ability to explain the HIPAA Rules clearly in plain language. Paul is an attorney licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and a graduate of Columbia University Law School with an international practice in HIPAA privacy and security. He is the author of all content in The HIPAA E-Tool®, an Internet-based, complete HIPAA compliance solution with separate editions for Covered Entities, Business Associates, Health Plans and Third Party Administrators.

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