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Tip of the Week: Include HIPAA privacy officers in your emergency planning

Hospital Safety Insider, December 23, 2010

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During an emergency, hospitals don’t want to have to ensure that its complying with both state and federal regulations. Hospitals need to figure out how to handle HIPAA privacy requirements. Briefings on Hospital Safety offers information on making sure hospitals aren’t scrambling last minute.

HIPAA can be a very restricting and complicated law, says Joseph L. Cappiello, MA, BSN, chair of Cappiello & Associates in Elmhurst, IL. “However, its application is pretty straightforward,” he adds. Under HIPAA, every member of the healthcare team and the organization has a responsibility to keep information that pertains to the patient’s diagnosis and treatment confidential, protecting it from those who don’t have a need to know, Cappiello says. HIPAA officers often refer to this information as protected health information, or PHI.

Visit the Briefings on Hospital Safety archive to read more.



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