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.
Do you know the cause of the majority of HIPAA breaches? Accidental disclosure of protected health information (PHI) through mishandling of paper records.
These four mistaken beliefs about social media can lead to HIPAA violations.
Follow these safety tips to help us protect our patients, visitors and fellow employees who may have latex sensitivities or allergies.
REMINDER: Methodist strictly forbids the use of mobile devices to exchange protected health information (PHI). Please review Methodist’s Mobile/Cell Phone Policy and the Photographs and Recording Policy.
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.
Know how to protect yourself and others from chemical hazards.
Know how to protect yourself and others from needlestick injuries.
Be ready to respond and evacuate patients, visitors, customers and employees in a fire emergency.
Be on the lookout for potential safety hazards and know how to report unsafe conditions in the workplace.