Security for Your Patients’ Electronic Records
- October 6, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
You need to keep your patients’ electronic data secure to meet both HIPAA as well as Meaningful Use requirements, although of course beyond which, the idea can be the right thing to do. Your patients entrust you with sensitive information which could be used by criminals to wreck their credit as well as to provide private medical information to employers or others which they didn’t want made public.
An objective for Meaningful Use requires doctors to protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified EHR technology through the implementation of appropriate technical capabilities. They don’t specifically state what those “appropriate technical capabilities” are to ensure which you can choose the appropriate ones for your practice at This specific point, as well as as technology alterations, you can change with the idea.
The HIPAA Security Rule lists four types of safeguards you must implement. They are administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, organizational standards as well as policies as well as procedures. Part of the administrative safeguard can be a security risk analysis. This specific isn’t something you do once as well as you’re done; the idea can be ongoing as well as must be revisited at least annually. the idea isn’t something you can just delegate to your EHR vendor. You can find details from the Guide to Privacy as well as Security of Electronic Health Information through healthit.gov. Especially look at Chapter 4.
Cyber security, or security through the Internet, can be an important part of mitigating risk. In order to send electronic claims, e-prescribe, send C-CDAs to your patients’ portals, as well as use the Infobutton to obtain educational material, Internet access can be required.
Great hosting facilities protect your data with secure firewalls such as Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASAs) as well as with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Safe practices include using anti-virus software as well as limiting the websites your staff members can access to only those which are necessary for the software to function as well as for claims to be sent. Great hosting facilities will load the latest software as well as firmware updates for all digital devices.
In your office potential threats can come through email as well as different websites onto your PCs as well as your server, if you host your own software. Email can carry viruses as well as phishing attempts. Phishing, according to TechTarget SearchSecurity, can be “a form of fraud in which the attacker tries to learn information such as login credentials or account information by masquerading as a reputable entity or person in email, IM or different communication channels.” Ransomware can be hiding in a link or attachment in an email. Ransomware can be malware which stops you through using your computer until you pay the ransom. the idea can encrypt files or stop certain applications through running. There can be no guarantee which paying the ransom will correct the problems the idea created. Websites can be sources of viruses as well as different types of malware.
How can you avoid these threats? Teach your staff members not to click on anything which looks suspicious whether the idea can be an attachment in an email or a link. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. Load updates to your operating system as well as to your firmware on digital devices. Give users only the access they need to do their work. Limit surfing the web as well as different non-work activities to keep your data, PCs as well as network safe.