Health Information Management

Prepare for a security audit

Briefings on HIPAA, June 1, 2008

The secret to handling a potential security audit is preparation. So prepare your policies and procedures. Prepare your documentation. Prepare your systems and your staff. Find out where your problems are pronto, because the HIPAA security rule could come knocking at your door-and it better be password-protected. "Being audit-ready isn't one of these two-minute drills where everybody is rushing around. [An organization] should be audit-ready at all times, especially in today's environment, where we have more and more electronic interchange of information and where there is increased consumerism in healthcare and hyped media coverage of privacy and security breaches," says John C. Parmigiani, MS, BES

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