Health Information Management

Cover your ground on remote access employees

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 1, 2008

Your remote access employees must follow company protocol for HIPAA compliance. In fact, you should pay very close attention to them, experts say. Here are some tips on ensuring compliance with your remote access employees: Have strong policies and procedures, clear guidelines for those who work remotely, and a strict auditing process in place. Determine who is currently working remotely, and who has a legitimate need to do so. Are the benefits to the employee and organization worth the risks? What risks does your organization incur when employees leave the hospital with equipment that contains patient records? CMS makes it very clear that covered entities must consider who has a legitimate need to work remotely. Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the HCPro, Inc. newsletter, Briefings on HIPAA. To learn more about the newsletter, please visit our marketplace.

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