If you need a few reasons to adapt to the latest security advancements, just look at the calendar for September and circle the “23”. That’s compliance day for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which modifies the privacy, security and enforcement rules. There are 659 more reasons – one for every large patient-information breach – on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Breach Notification Tool as of late August.
Security today, naturally, goes beyond the traditional “shred the paper” techniques and two of the biggest issues are related to EHRs and mobile devices. HealthITSecurity.com caught up with a security officer whose organization is paying close attention to those two aspects of the securing protected health information (PHI) game. Nancy Davis, MS, RHIA, CHPS, system director of privacy and security for Ministry Health Care in Milwaukee, offered some details about some of the latest advancements her organization has made and how it ensures security.