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PPV: Don't neglect HIPAA when renovating or rearranging

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 7, 2007

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Healthcare organizations considering renovating or adding new facilities should think about HIPAA during their planning. HIPAA requires you to take reasonable steps to ensure privacy and security. However, the definition of reasonable can change when you are upgrading your facility.

Perform an analysis of both security and privacy problems that have occurred because of your current physical space and then looking for ways to adjust your new space so that the same problems are less likely to occur. You should do this regularly but especially when considering large projects, such as renovations.

Editor's note: For more information on HIPAA compliance during renovations and how to perform an analysis of common problems, click here. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA can read the full article in the August 2007 issue. You can also purchase this article for $10.

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