Health Information Management

How to train physicians on HIPAA privacy and security

Briefings on HIPAA, May 1, 2008

The following article is the first in a series on effectively training specific groups of staff members about HIPAA privacy and security compliance. This article addresses the particular challenges of training physicians and offers practical suggestions to make your compliance program more effective. Training physicians about HIPAA compliance is difficult. Physicians can be quite independent and strong-minded, but compliance officers may be more inclined to perceive and describe physicians with these traits as old-fashioned and stubborn. But as senior leaders of the clinical staff, physicians are immersed in PHI all day. Training them to comply with HIPAA privacy and security requirements is daunting, but it's also necessary.

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