Health Information Management

Three security tips to help safeguard PHI

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 15, 2013

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Many healthcare organizations face the challenge of protecting patient records and reducing the stress that results from a data breach.

Use these three tips to help safeguard your organization’s PHI:
  1. Control the cloud or it'll control you. Cloud computing technology has come to healthcare, and many organizations are looking at cloud services as an option. Make it a point to fully understand what cloud service-level agreements mean in practice and then push for meaningful information on failover and disaster recovery practices used.
  2. Protect mobile devices as you do other technology. Immunize mobile devices against viruses that might steal patient data.
  3. Focus on workforce training. Educate all staff to recognize applications, mobile devices, and pieces of medical equipment that collect, contain, or transmit patient information and/or biometric data. Also train your staff to communicate the risk to those responsible for information security management.
These tips originally appeared in the article “Eleven security tips to help safeguard PHI” in the April issue of Briefings on HIPAA.



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