Make sure your facility implements these 3 steps to ensure HIPAA law compliancy.
Adherence to HIPAA law is imperative for the healthcare industry. If you want to ensure your business is compliant, start here!
Step #1: Run a risk assessment of your electronic record system.
If your facility keeps track of patient care via electronic health records (EHR), it is important to make sure that your system is compliant with HIPAA standards. Therefore, you should periodically run a risk assessment to expose areas where changes are needed. The risk assessment will evaluate your system’s administrative, physical and technical safeguards to identify areas where your protected health information is in jeopardy. On March 28, 2014, HIPAA released a new security risk assessment tool to help guide you through this process. You can download the tool here.
Step #2: Have an ongoing employee training program.
“Any system is only as strong as its weakest link and in most cases untrained employees are the weakest links in healthcare practices.” Unfortunately, providing mandatory compliance training can be time-consuming to develop and expensive to deliver. The easiest way to simplify your compliance training process is to utilize a learning management system. This will allow you to continually train staff on the correct patient security protocols and all HIPAA law updates.
Step #3: Continue quality improvement and ongoing training as new HIPPA law updates are released.
If your electronic health records are secure and your employees are fully trained on HIPAA best practices, you can feel confident that your facility is compliant. However, you need to continue to evaluate your facility and improve workflows as needed to achieve your patient care goals. Keep in mind that your business will require ongoing regulatory compliance training and quality evaluations as new HIPAA law updates are released in addition to annual refresher courses.
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Originally published in 2014.