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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
Security Implications of BYOD in Health Care

Security Implications of BYOD in Health Care

An Article from Optum

This article from Optum provides a breakdown on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy considerations based on the mix of devices your organization is trying to support, the size of your healthcare organization and implementation factors that may have an impact on success.

From the article introduction: "Technology is reshaping how health care operates, requiring new approaches to information and cyber security. Advancements in mobile technologies provide physicians and nurses with new tools to deliver care and stay connected to patients outside of the four walls of a hospital or clinic. In addition to clinicians, administrators and patients are also demanding remote access to medical and financial records, often using their own devices.

Mobile capabilities can enhance how clinicians deliver care, patients experience care, and administrators support operations. However, increased mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), and bring your own device (BYOD) can also expose an organization to new vulnerabilities across the technology environment, especially at endpoints. Hospitals and health systems must be able to balance all end-user needs and expectations when adopting mobile, BYOD, and other digital capabilities. "

Intended AudienceHealth IT Leadership, CIO
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