Health Information Management

Your training checkup: How to comply with ongoing HIPAA workforce training requirements

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 8, 2011

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Lack of trained staff is a major cause of data breaches.

In a November 2010 benchmark study by the Ponemon Institute, 49% of 65 respondents identified lack of training as the second biggest area of vulnerability for a data breach. Only an inadequate budget for security and privacy (51%) ranked higher when respondents were asked to name the likely reasons for breaches.

The survey results come as no surprise to Lesley Berkeyheiser, principal of N-Tegrity Solutions Group in Glen Mills, PA—except maybe that the percentage of respondents is not higher.

The ability of an organization to react immediately when information is mishandled, stolen, or inappropriately accessed is directly dependent upon the workforce member understanding what was wrong,” Berkeyheiser says.

Staff members need to recognize when a violation of standard protocols occurs and immediately report the problem to the appropriate person for further investigation, handling, and mitigation. “That is a tall order,” says Berkeyheiser.

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