Planning for the unexpected is particularly important for healthcare organizations that need to both ensure electronic protected health information (ePHI) security and meet HIPAA compliance requirements. To help organizations fulfill requirement 164.308(a)(7) of creating a contingency plan, the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided an Information Technology (IT) Contingency Plan template to be customized per organizational needs.
Within the HIPAA-required contingency plan, requirements for a data backup plan, disaster recovery plan, emergency mode operation plan, testing and revision procedure, and applications and data criticality analysis plan are all essential subsections. A HIPAA contingency plan is to respond to business disruptions or disasters, not necessarily data breaches. To summarize the actual IT Contingency Plan document, here’s what you need to create a comprehensive, HIPAA compliant data recovery plan:
Concept of Operations
Notification and Activation
Return to Normal Operations
HHS Contingency Plan Template (Word Document)
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