Health Information Management

Evaluating privacy and information security governances

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 8, 2015

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As required by The Joint Commission, a board of directors should regularly assess its performance, appropriateness of board and committee processes and charter fulfillment, adequacy of meeting structures and goals, communication with management, and other governance structures and activities. Generally, boards and their committees complete this assessment through self-surveys, internal audits, or collection of results as performed by legal services. Assessment results can lead to changes in board processes, with the goal of adapting to changing risks and environmental requirements, and improvements in governance.

 
Boards rarely use survey questions for privacy and information security program risk assessment. The audit committee self-assessment process might include one or two questions that address this topic, but these surveys generally do not consider the board's role in enterprise-wide risk assessment processes. As privacy and information security programs become more embedded in an organization's culture, this will change.
 
 

Continue reading "Evaluating privacy and information security governance processes" on the HCPro website. This article is adapted from The Complete Guide to Healthcare Privacy and Information Security Governance by Phyllis A. Patrick, MBA, FACHE, CHC, CISM, a Briefings on HIPAA editorial advisory board member. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing  have free access to this article in the May issue. 

 



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