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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
Online Reputation Management for Health Centers

Online Reputation Management for Health Centers

Maintaining a Good Name in the Digital Era, from Wyoming Primary Care Association

It takes years to build a good reputation, and just minutes for that reputation to be tarnished. Word of mouth has always been the primary driver of reputation, and now that ability has been increased exponentially. More than ever, it is easier to create an organizational culture geared toward customer satisfaction and maintain a good reputation, than it is to change your reputation and the minds of the community after the fact. Further, patients are likely to have increased options as to where they choose to seek care.

This webinar and related handout outline a three step approach for proactively managing your online reputation to best engage patients and potential patients in public forums. The first step is to Claim & Manage those items online that relate to your health center such as social media, company/ employment profiles, and search engine results. The second is Response 101 which includes establishing an organizational policy regarding online communications, customer service, and response times. Lastly, is respectfully asking for thoughtful feedback and reviews on the regular basis from patients and employees. See detailed instructions for undertaking each of these steps by clicking through the links below.

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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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