By the time you have the flu, it’s too late to get the vaccine. The idea behind vaccines, of course, is a pre-emptive strike against illness. In the same vein, proactive preparation for an audit is a much better plan than scrambling for documentation once you’ve received notice of an impending audit.
The good news is that you don’t have to guess what an audit entails. Requirements for various regulations are widely available, so you can make sure you’re compliant in advance. For instance, in the case of an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audit, you can start preparing long before the notification letter hits your mailbox.