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HIPAA Risk Assessment

Redhawk HIpaa risk assessment: meet compliance and meaningful Use guidelines

Securing Protected Health Information (PHI) data is not a choice, it’s a mandate. The healthcare sector continues to be troubled by data security issues. 58% of security incidents involved insiders—mistakes, errors, lost devices—making it the only industry in which internal factors pose the biggest threats to an organization, according to the 2018 Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report.

Redhawk HIPAA Risk Assessment

A HIPAA Risk Assessment is a big step toward compliance. To meet Meaningful Use guidelines and ultimately achieve HIPAA Compliance, the Department of Health and Human Services requires all organizations handling PHI and electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) to conduct a risk assessment as specified in the HIPAA Security Rule.

The Redhawk HIPAA Risk Assessment will help you meet HIPAA Meaningful Use guidelines and assist your path to compliance. Our HIPAA Risk Assessment will determine how exposed your PHI and ePHI data is and what mitigating controls need to be created. It’s a guided, collaborative experience so that you understand your PHI as well as your ePHI risks—and can take action.

Our approach is to understand your business and environment to evaluate your administrative, technical, and physical safeguards around health information. We provide extensive security expertise and oversight along the way, including a Security Analyst to perform the Redhawk HIPAA Risk Assessment, a second Security Analyst to QA all assessments and assessment reports, and Project Management throughout the entire process.

Our dynamic and collaborative reporting process will provide you with a thorough technical summary, an executive summary, and breakdown of the findings. We take the time to go through the required, formal reports with you, provide insight into your risks, answer your questions, and make recommendations for improvement. We can also help you create and implement a complete prioritized corrective action plan. At Redhawk, we make realistic recommendations that organizations of all sizes can implement, ensuring the most efficient and affordable solutions.

Medicare and medicaid EHR incentive program: Meaningful Use

The HIPAA Risk Assessment is also a core requirement if you are seeking payment through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, referred to as the Meaningful Use Program. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), “conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis to meet the standards of [HIPAA] Security Rule is included in the meaningful use requirements. Eligible professionals must conduct or review a security risk analysis for each EHR reporting period to ensure the privacy and security of their patients’ protected health information.”

The Redhawk HIPAA Risk Assessment focuses on the three pillars of an effective security program:


  • Are they trained to recognize poor security practices? Are they able to be bastions for the protection of your organization?


  • Do you have processes and procedures in place? Are they documented? Can you prove your processes to a Security Auditor?


  • Are you keeping up with the latest advances regarding security? Is your infrastructure outdated? Can it be adequately maintained?

HIPAA: An overview

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) put the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule in place to protect the privacy and security of PHI and ePHI. HIPAA requires covered entities to regularly review their information security practices. The HIPAA Risk Assessment represents the most common method for conducting these reviews. It is recommended that organizations conduct a HIPAA Risk Assessment annually.





Don't forget the HIPAA Gap Assessment

Our Redhawk HIPAA Gap Assessments follow a similar approach as the HIPAA Risk Assessment. We can provide a deeper technical, physical, and administrative analysis of your technical environment and the potentials for gaps in your security as they relate to HIPAA, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 27702, and NIST frameworks.

Redhawk Security Cycle:

Assess, Decide, Address, Evolve, Test, Repeat


Our well-executed security cycle provides organizations with a risk management-based methodology for integrating security assessment and auditing. The assessment structure is key to a well-functioning information security program.

The cycle involves evolving and testing programs, including penetration testing, network scanning, and physical inspection of the actual implemented systems and controls. These audits and assessments will feed back into the program and provide you with the ability to make adjustments.


Security Rule Requirements for Risk Analysis and Risk Management

The required implementation specification at Requirement 164.308(a)(1)(ii)(A), for Risk Analysis, requires a covered entity to, “conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information held by the covered entity.”

Source: Office for Civil Rights