HIPAA Audit

HIPAA Security Rule establishes requirements for Risk Management, Audit Controls standard and the Evaluation standard. Risk management measures should be implemented to identify Risk and reduce their effects to a controllable and appropriate level. Audit Controls Standard means implementation of different controls including hardware, software and procedural mechanism to records, retrieve and provide the Protected Health Information (PHI). Continuous periodic review of technical and non-technical evaluations of the Security Rules and Policies to show compliance with HIPAA Security Rule.

DQS India HIPAA Audit and HIPAA Compliance Services

DQS India offers HIPAA Audit services to clients across the world including USA. HIPAA Audits are performed by trained, experienced and professional Auditors having years of experience of working in different domains.

For HIPAA Audit following services are performed by DQS India HIPAA Auditors:

  1. Assessment of Risk Management
  2. Assessment of Audit Controls
  3. Assessment of Security Management
  4. Assessment of Compliance Status

Assessment of Risk Management

Risk Management activities are implemented to identify risks before they occur and to plan their mitigation plan to minimize their effect to a reasonable and manageable level.

Risk Management includes a process for risks identification, selection, and implementation of controls, countermeasures, reporting, and verification to achieve an appropriate level of risk at an acceptable cost.

During the HIPAA Audit our auditors access the Risk Management activities, Risk Management Plan, Risk Management Log and conduct interviews of Managers to collect data related to Risk Management activities.

Assessment of Audit Controls

Audit Controls are used to implement hardware, software, and/or procedural mechanisms that record, retrieve and provide electronic Protected Health Information (PHI).

Organizations need to have mechanism that must identify, record and analyse any system activity to determine any suspicious data activities. Organization audit function must be capable to trace device and the data under suspicious activity up to the person responsible for such activity. It should also define the steps to be followed in case of any such discrepancy occurs.

Audit controls should cover network, system, application and any other technical processes. It should also define how long the data of the Audit Log will be retained so that there is enough time to identify and find the cause of disturbance and data misuse. It should also define the access control to the audit log. It should take care of the integrity and safe storage of the audit log and protected health information to avoid any misuse. A strong audit trail is an important factor and demonstrate the organization seriousness towards the safety of the Protected Health Information (PHI) and other data.

During the audit, HIPAA Auditors conduct the assessment of the Audit Controls, Safety of the Data, Audit Log, and Access Control etc. Interviews are conducted to support the evidences.

Assessment of Security Management

Security Management is an important factor in the HIPAA Compliance. The data of the Protected Health Information (PHI) is to be secured from the unauthorized access and misuse of the data. the As stated above the Security of the Data, Audit Log, Access Mechanism are the important factors that are assessed  to measure the compliance to the HIPAA.

Security Management should cover network, system, application and any other technical processes that are involved with the Security of the Protected Health Information (PHI). It should also define who has access to the system and for how long data can be retained by a process before final archival. It should also define the how integrity and safe storage of the data will be handled to avoid any misuse.

During the audit, HIPAA Auditors conduct the assessment of the Security of the Data, Audit Log, and Access Control etc. Interviews are conducted to support the evidences.

Evaluation of Compliance Status

Covered entity should conduct evaluation of their security management on a regular interval. This evaluation should cover Technical and Non-Technical evaluations depending on the standards implemented, procedures and policies related to the Entity Security and Safety rules. It should also be ensured that any changes to the Security Policy, Procedure and environment should be subjected to the evaluation. These evaluations may be conducted by internal or external agencies.

During the audit, HIPAA Auditors conduct the assessment of the Evaluation conducted by the internal or external agencies and the outcome of the results. Interviews are conducted to support the evidences.