The U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing compliance with HIPAA security and privacy regulations. OCR conducts audits triggered by patient complaints or reported breaches. Healthcare organizations can avoid or pass OCR audits by educating staff, designating a security officer, reviewing policies and procedures, performing security risk analysis, working with vendors, creating a risk management plan, reviewing business associate agreements, and providing regular HIPAA training.
Third-party risk management is crucial for businesses as they increasingly rely on outsourced services, making them vulnerable to data breaches and compliance violations. According to