Gartner Research

As HIPAA Regulations Get Teeth, Healthcare Firms Feel the Bite

Published: 10 October 2012

ID: G00239463

Analyst(s): Paul Proctor , Wes Rishel

Summary

Starting in 2012, the threat of fines and decrees for noncompliance with HIPAA regulations has become real and palpable, resulting in covered entities and business associates increasing IT security spending, attempting to ward off costly compliance audits.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • A significant increase in HIPAA enforcement is driving healthcare entities to sharply increase IT spending on privacy and security
  • The HITECH Act broadens the base of regulatory agencies and incentivizes a more aggressive pursuit of HIPAA, increasing the odds that healthcare entities will be audited

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