Security is important in today’s world. Maybe more so than it used to be due to the amount of data collected, transferred, and stored electronically. Healthcare data adds another level of security due to the HIPPA Compliance required. HIPPA requires providers and health plans take extra steps to keep medical information secure and confidential. HIPPA does not just include doctors’ offices. It also includes all businesses that perform any legal, actuarial, accounting, consulting, data aggregation, management, administrative, accreditation, or financial services to those institutions.
The four types of security standards are:
- Administrative Safeguards – to ensure the enforcement of company‐wide standards about the handling and treatment of member information by employees
- Physical Safeguards ‐ to ensure the protection of computers and buildings containing member information from theft, invasion, or environmental threats
- Technical Safeguards ‐ to ensure only authorized people to have access to member information and that information is maintained for the required period
- Permission Safeguards – to ensure the information is transmitted to (unaltered) and received only by the intended recipients
How in the world do you start to develop those HIPPA Security policies? The way in which you establish the policies are flexible. It allows for you to adapt to evolving technology and standards changes. It also allows you to determine the level of security you need based on your community practices. This level of flexibility also adds some confusion.
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