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Privacy and security primer

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 18, 2015

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Tips from the May 2015 issue of Briefings on HIPAA:
  1. In the event of a merger or acquisition, security officers are often best suited to dig in to the information security standards of a facility to identify risks and develop a plan for streamlining security programs between the acquirer and the facility being acquired.
  2. Security officers should be mindful that a merger or acquisition is a business decision, and security is just one of many factors both organizations must consider.
  3. Gather information about a facility prior to going through with a merger or acquisition. Facilities may be unaware of risks or may have underestimated them, so the buyer must do its own research prior to committing to a merger or acquisition.
  4. Complete a merger and acquisition checklist and present it to your health system's general counsel and compliance officer along with details about top concerns from a security and IT standpoint.
  5. Take a look at the policies and procedures of the facility to be acquired to determine whether all necessary policies are in place. If policies or procedures are missing, the acquiring health system should consider passing along its own policies to fill the gaps at the acquired facility.
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