Health Information Management

Honeypots: A sweet tool you can use to monitor snooping staff members

Health Information Compliance Insider, December 1, 2008

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 IT monitors to determine whether anyone is accessing them.

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