What You Should Do

By Deborah Gage  |  Posted 2004-04-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Medical institutions have a lot of work to do to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's security provisions by next April.

To Meet HIPAA">

What You Should Do To
MEET HIPAA SECURITY REQUIREMENTS


ASSESS YOUR RISKS.
Get help to see where your network is vulnerable—physically, administratively and technically.

WRITE A SECURITY POLICY.
Who has access to what information? Should all employees be allowed to see autopsy reports?

CREATE OFFICE TO MANAGE PROJECTS.
Designate a person to keep track of compliance and its costs.

DOCUMENT PROCESSES.
Figuring out the steps will help you find compliance holes. It'll also help you explain your actions in case you get sued.

Sources: Steven Weil of Seitel Leeds & Associates, Jon Bogen of HealthCIO.


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debbie_gage@ziffdavisenterprise.com
Based in Silicon Valley, Debbie was a founding member of Ziff Davis Media's Sm@rt Partner, where she developed investigative projects and wrote a column on start-ups. She has covered the high-tech industry since 1994 and has also worked for Minnesota Public Radio, covering state politics. She has written freelance op-ed pieces on public education for the San Jose Mercury News, and has also won several national awards for her work co-producing a documentary. She has a B.A. from Minnesota State University.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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