Published January 2002
by Abbe Pub Assn of Washington Dc .
Written in English
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Data security has become especially critical to the healthcare industry as patient privacy hinges on HIPAA compliance and secure adoption of electronic health records (EHR). The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of , and demonstrated the willingness of the . 5. Encrypt Data at Rest and in Transit. Encryption is one of the most useful data protection methods for healthcare organizations. By encrypting data in transit and at rest, healthcare providers and business associates make it more difficult (ideally impossible) for attackers to decipher patient information even if they gain access to the data. 3 Ways HIM Professionals Protect Patient Data | UIC Health. The privacy and security of patient health information is a top priority for patients and their families, health care providers and professionals, and the government. Federal laws require many of the key persons and organizations that handle health information to have policies and security safeguards in place to protect your health information.
Without encrypted data, hackers or unauthorized users can view and steal patient information. Next Step: Assess Your Risk. Now that you’re fully aware of the many built-in EHR security measures, you’ll want to begin researching products to find the best system for your practice. First, though, you should conduct a security risk assessment. The bioethics principle nonmaleficence 3 requires safeguarding personal privacy. Breaches of privacy and confidentiality not only may affect a person’s dignity, but can cause harm. When personally identifiable health information, for example, is disclosed to an employer, insurer, or family member, it can result in stigma, embarrassment, and discrimination. The Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards. All organisations that have access to NHS patient data and systems must use this toolkit to provide assurance that they are practising good. “An EHR alters the mix of security needed to keep patient health information secure, and it brings new responsibilities for safeguarding your patients’ health information in an electronic form.
A Becker Hospital Review article reports that as of only 42% of hospitals were backing up data, and only 10% of those care providers used off-site storage to ensure data safety. The first step in this process is to evaluate vendors that develop hardware and software for data backups. Policies and Procedures for IT Security. In terms of hospital IT security, hospitals need to implement strict policies and procedures to keep their networks secure, maintain secure transmission of data, and protect the confidential records of their patients. All 42 HIPAA safeguards need to . Unfortunately, concern about data security doesn’t always lead to action. Despite data security growing in importance, a Black Book Market Research survey showed that only 15% of organizations reported having a chief information security officer.³ Given the enormous amount of private information hospitals have access to, high employee turnover rates, and the lack of IT leadership, this. The Role of Nurses in HIPAA Compliance, Healthcare Security Maintaining HIPAA compliance is essential for any healthcare provider, and nurses are key tools in protecting patients’ healthcare.