Article | April 28, 2015

HIPAA Compliance – Why It's Critical To Have An IT Maintenance And Security Policy

Source: TigerText
Securty And HIPAA Compliance

By Sumeet Bhatia, TigerText Chief Technology Officer

It is often a neglected topic of IT management and HIPAA compliance, but the maintenance of an IT Infrastructure and its security policies are critical to the success of any healthcare operation’s HIPAA compliance program.

Correct and regular maintenance will help IT infrastructures and systems run smoothly and make them less likely to break down or get hacked – ensuring effective performance, and also helping to reduce support costs while meeting security compliance requirements.

A Maintenance Policy

A smooth-running network starts with defining a good IT Maintenance Policy, which should also include upkeep related to security hardware and software as well and any systems that provide security and functions needed for HIPAA compliance.

A basic IT Maintenance Policy should include an interval schedule for things like archiving old materials, deleting redundant files to free up space and defragmenting hard drives so things can be accessed more quickly.

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