Health Information Management

Honeypots--a sweet tool you can use to monitor snooping staff members

APCs Insider, December 5, 2008

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It doesn’t matter whether a staff member peeks at the medical record of Tiger Woods, John McCain, your mayor, or your next-door neighbor—inappropriate access to medical information is a HIPAA violation.

The seriousness of this problem has led some hospitals and other HIPAA-covered entities to enhance their investigations. Instead of simply monitoring system access logs, they’re using honeypots as bait to catch snooping staff members. Honeypots, also referred to as honeynuts, are fictitious medical records that information technology staff monitors to determine whether anyone is accessing them.

If you already have strong security techniques in place, honeypots enhance your ability to monitor compliance. “This is frosting on the security cupcake,” says Gary Nichols, CISM, information security officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Arizona.

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