HIPAA Alert: Thinking of Updating Your Electronic Health Record at Work? Don't! FairWarning Reports Your Actions
Effective Nov. 21, supervisors will be automatically alerted to direct reports' HIPAA violations involving unauthorized use of electronic health records. Employees in violation of HIPAA will be disciplined according to current HR policies. REMINDER: Know and follow the HIPAA regulations that forbid employees from editing or updating their own electronic health records or those of family members, including minor children. It is also a HIPAA violation to schedule medical appointments for yourself or your family members in Cerner.
To protect the security and privacy of patient information, access to Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) is limited to approved users only, and users must follow HIPAA regulations.
As employees, we have legal and ethical obligations to protect patient information and to follow security best practices.
Remember to follow these HIPAA rules of engagement every day.
The new FairWarning Patient Privacy Monitoring Program, which will further enhance existing safeguards protecting the privacy of our patients, goes live on July 22.
Methodist Health System received the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Award of Honor with Distinction from the National Safety Council, Nebraska Chapter. This is the seventh consecutive year the MHS has received an award at the annual Nebraska's Safest Companies Award luncheon.
The new FairWarning Patient Privacy Monitoring Program, which will further enhance existing safeguards protecting the privacy of our patients, will take effect July 22.
REMINDER: Adhere to policies regarding employees' access to their own computerized medical records and those of dependent minor children. The required HIPAA-compliant authorizations for release of medical information that must be signed and on file to access a spouse's or another family member's record are available on mhsintranet.
After moving offices, a Lincare employee left behind documents containing patients' protected health information, resulting in a $239,800 fine. Do you understand the policies and procedures for protecting patient information during transportation to another site?
A Washington hospital's employee opened an email attachment containing malicious malware, leading to a breach of 90,000 patient names, demographic info, dates of birth, social security numbers, medical record numbers, dates of service, charges or balance due and insurance identification or Medicare numbers. Do you understand the increased risk of sophisticated phishing attacks?
Hospital employees can earn prison sentences for inappropriately accessing confidential medical records — even after termination from the job. Supervisors, are you following the Termination Checklist to ensure all steps are taken to terminate an employee’s access to the network?
What complaints have been received about the way patient information is discussed? Before speaking, imagine that you are the patient and this is your information that is being discussed -- then adjust your volume, tone and speech accordingly.
One of the top areas of concern for HIPAA officials is the use – and misuse – of social networking sites by healthcare employees. Take care not to jeopardize patient privacy or your employment status with thoughtless posts on social networking sites.
Do you know how to transmit electronic patient information securely? Do you know how and when to encrypt your emails by typing ZIXIT? Follow these essential guidelines to ensure you don’t violate HIPAA security rules.
So many of the lessons we learned in childhood still apply. Take good care of yourself and stay safety smart on the job and off.