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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.

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COVID-19 and CYBER SECURITY RISKS

COVID-19 and CYBER SECURITY RISKS

Best Practices for Health Center Staff Working Remotely

The number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase throughout the United States, requiring more and more of our health systems to rely on employees working from home at times. While some of us are required to "shelter-in-place," unfortunately that shelter can create increased risks such as cyber security breaches.

When working from home, people are often distracted by many other things than work (e.g., children, pets, health concerns, finances, etc.) – data security is understandably not always the number one concern and creates a matter of high risk. 

Unfortunately for health centers this can result in a loss of control over their data and make them subject to significant legal liability due to a single email click or transmission of its data over an unsecured network. With good planning, policies, and employee and family education, health centers can minimize risk and support their employees while working remotely.

Download the presentation below to inform your Health Center remote workers on best practices for increasing cybersecurity at home.

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This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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