How to Ensure Your Behavioral Healthcare Organization is Secure with Security Risk Assessments

As a behavioral healthcare organization, it is crucial to ensure your organization is compliant with Medicaid regulations and contracts, HIPAA and, in some cases, for federally funded organizations, CFR 42 Part 2 regulations. One of the best ways to do this is through security risk assessments.

These assessments are designed to identify vulnerabilities in an organization’s systems and processes that could lead to a data breach or other security issues and are often required by State and local contracts and insurance companies. Let’s discuss why security risk assessments are so important and how they can help keep your organization secure.

Why Are Security Risk Assessments Important?
Security risk assessments are vital for any behavioral healthcare organization because they can help identify potential weaknesses in their systems that could put patient data at risk. By identifying any potential vulnerabilities before they become an issue, organizations can proactively prevent them from becoming major problems down the line. Furthermore, having these assessments conducted regularly by a certified compliance firm allows organizations to stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends and best practices to remain compliant with HIPAA and underwriter requirements.

How Do Security Risk Assessments Work?
Security risk assessments involve evaluating an organization’s systems, processes, procedures, and policies from a security standpoint. The goal of these assessments is to ensure that there are no weak spots where malicious actors could access confidential information or cause other harm. During the assessment process, experts look for areas of concern, such as outdated software patches or improper access control measures that could be exploited by hackers or other malicious actors. Once all potential vulnerabilities have been identified, experts then provide recommendations on how to address them in order to minimize the risks associated with them.

What Should I Look For In A Security Risk Assessment Provider?
When looking for a provider to conduct a security risk assessment for your behavioral healthcare organization, you should look for someone who has experience working within the behavioral healthcare sector that holds ISC2 Healthcare and/or HITRUST level certifications as well as familiarity with applicable federal laws like CFR 42 part 2 compliance standards. Additionally, ensure that the provider offers comprehensive services such as technology advisory services and standardized risk assessment tools to get a comprehensive view of your organization’s security posture. Lastly, make sure you select a firm that understands the unique needs of behavioral health organizations when it comes to protecting patient data confidentiality and release of information requirements while still providing access to necessary care providers and staff members onsite or remotely when needed.

When it comes down to it, conducting regular security risk assessments is essential for any behavioral healthcare organization operating today due to safety concerns posed by cyber threats as well as compliance requirements set forth by federal law such as HIPAA and CFR 42 part 2 standards. Identifying potential weaknesses in an organization’s systems through thorough evaluations conducted by experienced professionals familiar with regulatory frameworks governing behavioral health organizations can help keep sensitive information safe while ensuring compliance requirements are met throughout operations both internally within the business itself as well as externally when dealing with external third parties involved during care delivery services provided by the company itself or its Business Associates and affiliates/providers/vendors/partners.

With adequate preparation prior to implementation of new technologies/systems/procedures/policies via consulting sessions and strategic planning sessions coupled with regular evaluation and testing (i.e., internal audits), companies can rest assured their patients’ data remains secure throughout its lifecycle from point A (data collection) all way through point Z (data disposal). This ensures trust among customers and clients while ensuring operations remain compliant throughout every step along the way.

We understand that not every agency has the resources to implement an expert security risk assessment. Xpio Health invites you to learn more about our Security and Compliance services. Inquire at