Corporate Compliance

Tip: Regulate access to electronic medical records.

Compliance Monitor, June 1, 2011

Employees should only access information when they have a legitimate need to do so.

Some organizations audit access to records by reviewing audit logs, which can show if employees are peeking at records outside their responsibility. Organizations must pay careful attention to the records of VIP individuals (e.g., high-profile public figures or celebrities) who receive treatment at the facility. It's particularly tempting for employees to peek at these records to satisfy their curiosity.

This tip was adapted from the June 2011 issue of Strategies for Health Care Compliance. More information about Strategies for Health Care Compliance is available at the HCMarketplace.

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