HIPAA HiTech Security Assessment
by EHR 2.0, Healthcare IT Security and Compliance at EHR 2.0 on Mar 28, 2012
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The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity. The Security ...
The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity. The Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information. The Security Rule is located at 45 CFR Part 160 and Subparts A and C of Part 164.
HIPAA Security Rule list 28 adminstrative safeguards, 12 Physical safeguards, 12 technical safeguards along with specific organization and policies and procedures requirements. EHR 2.0 HIPAA security assessment services help covered entities to discover the gap areas based on the required and addressable requirements.
There are two main rules for HIPAA. One is a rule on privacy and the other on Security.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections. The Privacy Rule is located at 45 CFR Part 160 and Subparts A and E of Part 164.
How often the security should be reviewed?
Security standard mentioned under HIPAA should be reviewed and modified as needed to continue provision of reasonable and appropriate protection of electronic protected health information.
Limiting information access and disclosure to authorized users (the right people)
Trustworthiness of information resources (no inappropriate changes)
Availability of information resources (at the right time)
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