HIPAA Compliance and Certification: The Many Benefits

As we all know, HIPAA is the law. And compliance with the law is always a good and safe thing to do. But the question arises: what, if any, are the benefits of compliance other than staying out of trouble? The answer is that there are several, and these can be of real benefit to your operations.

For starters, going through the risk analysis required by this law will provide clear guidance about how and where your operations can be made more secure against the growing threat of electronic attacks and disruptions. By taking prudent steps to strengthen your systems, networks and processes, you will stand up to these attempts far better and recover much faster. The benefits include being able to find very cost-effective ways of increasing your operational resilience by becoming informed and proactive. The right steps taken at the right time will increase your productive uptime and make for smoother, more reliable operations.

HIPAA Compliance also requires your workforce be trained in its requirements so that they perform better and more compliantly. But this is only the beginning of the real value of the training. When workforce members do not perform well, the root cause can often be a lack of training and information. The tools are always provided, but any staff member lacking training cannot perform at his or her best, as expected. The training must be right: current, complete, thorough and targeted on the need of the role to equip staff to succeed. And if a certification accompanies the training, there is proof of both their expertise and of the wise investment made to achieve it. But the value and benefits do not stop here.

Any time one company enters into business relationships with another, each party wants to be sure they are making the right choice of partner. Each one will do its due diligence to improve their chances of a good decision. Well-executed risk remediation programs and the presence of expert, certified staff members provide the very best evidence to support such a decision. They show not only compliance in place and effective, but they demonstrate Management’s active and informed involvement in operations quality. They show awareness of the critical importance of continuous improvement in both their people and their business processes: a commitment to prudent control and risk management in their own shop so that they reduce the risk to their partners as well.

The best value delivered: better decisions, better partners, better employees means better business.