Health Information Management

Q&A: HIPAA security password problems

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 26, 2012

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A: This is not a good idea. If a badge gets lost or stolen, this exposes the entire system to inappropriate access. We all have problems with password management and keeping them in sync. One option would be to change your passwords for all systems when you are required to change for one so that you only have one to remember. There are also password management apps you can purchase. Many systems have purchased single sign-on technology (in some, fingerprints or ­retinal scans can be used to verify the user's identity); these systems recognize the danger of having too many passwords. Also, be sure your passwords are strong enough to withstand hacking by avoiding names; using a cap, number, and other character; and changing them ­frequently.

Editor’s note: Chris Simons, RHIA, HIM director and privacy officer at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, N.H., answered this question, which originally appeared in the July issue of Medical Records Briefing.



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