No physician, hospital or clinic wants to compromise the privacy and security of their patient's health information. Read what security expert John DiMaggio suggests are the right steps to take.
Step 1: Understand the importance of privacy and security
Step 2: Familiarize yourself with HIPAA & HITECH laws and regulations
Step 3: Identify who you are
Step 4: If you’re a covered entity, don’t forget about your business associates
Step 5 Learn what constitutes Protected Health Information (PHI)
Step 6: Comply with the Privacy Rule
Step 7: Educate yourself about breaches
Step 8: Conduct ongoing audits and security risk analyses
Step 9: Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt
1 of 30 hospitals nationally to attest to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The federal government has set the bar high for the medical community to achieve requirements for using electronic patient health communications in a meaningful way. And Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, vaulted over that bar on July 1.
That's the day Mount Carmel attested to what's known as Stage 2 Meaningful Use, an increasingly demanding set of federal measures and reports that show how the health system is sharing patient health information among physicians in ways that can result in better and more coordinated care for a patient.