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Resource Overview

Conducting an SRA in accordance with HIPAA policy is a complex task, especially for small to medium providers such as community health centers. The HIPAA Security Rule mandates security standards to safeguard electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) maintained by electronic health record (EHR) technology, with detailed attention to how ePHI is stored, accessed, transmitted, and audited. This rule is different from the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which requires safeguards to protect the privacy of PHI and sets limits and conditions on it use and disclosure. Meaningful Use supports the HIPAA Security Rule. In order to successfully attest to Meaningful Use, providers must conduct a security risk assessment (SRA), implement updates as needed, and correctly identify security deficiencies. By conducting an SRA regularly, providers can identify and document potential threats and vulnerabilities related to data security, and develop a plan of action to mitigate them.

Security vulnerabilities must be addressed before the SRA can be considered complete. Providers must document the process and steps taken to mitigate risks in three main areas: administration, physical environment, and technical hardware and software. The following set of resources provide education, strategies and tools for conducting SRA.

Security Risk Analysis Resources
HIPAA and Telehealth
Telehealth Resource Centers
/ Categories: HIPAA, Telehealth

HIPAA and Telehealth

A Stepwise Guide to Compliance

Two-page Fact Sheet outlining a three-step process to make sure you’re in compliance with HIPAA and if not, the steps that can be taken to make sure you are. This fact sheet also includes questions to ask potential business associates and things to keep in mind in case there is a breach.

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Intended AudienceCommunity Health Centers, Health Center Administrators

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