Today’s healthcare industry has to constantly adapt and change to meet the stringent guidelines of HIPAA
regulations. Refusing to comply – or trying to comply and failing – triggers an investigation, fines, and further vague costs, but the number have never been entirely clear.

So, what is the cost of HIPAA compliance?


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While it may be difficult to narrow the cost down, a good way to start is by considering the variables:

  • Your organization type: Whether your organization is a hospital, business associate, HIE, healthcare clearinghouse, or another type of healthcare provider, each will store and utilize varying amounts of protected health information (PHI) and varying risk levels.
  • Your organization size: As a rule of thumb, keep in mind that the larger the organization and more complex its systems, the more vulnerable it will be, which in turn means greater HIPAA costs.
  • Your organization’s culture: If data security isn’t a priority, it can be difficult to convince management to budget appropriately for HIPAA.
  • Your organization’s environment: Even minor IT details, like the varieties of medical devices in place, the brands of computers used, etc., can affect the cost of HIPAA compliance
  • Your organization’s dedicated HIPAA workforce: Even if you already have a dedicated HIPAA team, your organization will likely still require third party services and consultation in order to maintain HIPAA compliance.

What the real cost of HIPAA compliance?

Beyond the lowballed estimates, the potential consequences of a data breach, and other considerations, the actual price for HIPAA compliance for a small covered entity is as follows:

  • Risk Analysis and Management Plan: ~$2,000
  • Remediation: ~ $1,000 – $8,000
  • Training and policy development: ~ $1,000-2,000

Grand total: $4,000 – $12,000

For a medium – large covered entity, the costs are:

  • Onsite audit: ~ $40,000+
  • Risk Analysis and Management Plan: ~ $20,000+
  • Vulnerability scans: ~ $800
  • Penetration testing: ~ $5,000+
  • Remediation: ~ Varies depending on where the entity is currently in relation to compliance and security
  • Training and policy development: ~ $5,000+

Total: $50,000+, depending on the entity’s
current environment

The good news is that you don’t have to handle HIPAA compliance on your own.

As important as it is to invest in confident HIPAA compliance, there’s still the matter of making sure it’s done right. That’s where a trusted partner in IT support can be so helpful. By having an expert team of healthcare IT professionals manage your compliance, you can ensure that your PHI is secure, without having to see to it yourself. The VITECH team understands that many organizations like yours are often unknowingly operating without total HIPAA compliance. Our team will assess your entire environment to identify anyopportunities for improvement so that you can enjoy a genuine peace of mind when it comes to protecting your patients’ sensitive information.

HIPAA compliance is not something that your healthcare practice can afford to overlook – you need a professional healthcare IT team on your side. Get in touch with us right away at (800) 536-2156 or to get started.

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