Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How HIPAA Privacy Officers Reduce Patient Data Privacy Breaches

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) just published a thought provoking article on patient data privacy breaches.

The privacy officers in the article say reducing patient data privacy breaches starts with collecting data on the organization's privacy breaches. Only armed with this data, they say, can one do a critical assessment of the problems.
We try to track violations with enough granularity that we can pinpoint groups of problems. That way we know what to focus on and what we need to educate staff about." - Peg Schmidt, RHIA, chief privacy officer at Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee, WI
The privacy officers’ experience has led them to place equally importance on trending the data over time and analyzing trends by department and type of violations. From this perspective, they believe, come insights that help focus remediation efforts. Moreover, one privacy officer points out, the systematic analysis of each breach unearths ways to improve privacy organization-wide.
Many people don’t want to come to me until there is a problem—the privacy officer is to be avoided. I want them to realize there’s a better way to do healthcare and HIPAA. We’re here to provide care, perform research, educate clinicians, and to do it in ways that protect privacy.” - John Jenson, CHPS, CIPP, assistant director of privacy and security at University of Minnesota
For more see - journal.ahima.org/2011/04/01/low-tech-threats-in-a-high-tech-world/
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(a) Low-Tech Threats in a High-Tech World - Journal of AHIMA, April 1, 2011

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