Privacy and Security to Garner Increased Attention in 2011
As a result of extra funding from the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator), to 48 RECs (Regional Extension Centers), rural and CAHs (Critical Access Hospitals) have the means to implement EHRs (electronic health records). At the same time, a panel of healthcare professionals analyzed issues like privacy, regulations and data breaches, and concluded that privacy and security will garner increased attention in 2011 due to inexperienced and understaffed organizations implementing and working with EHRs. This combination creates a new market for HIPAA consultants and an increased demand for HIPAA compliance officers.
Knowledge and execution of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules are essential now more than ever since the publication of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act in February 2010. From that date, healthcare providers have 18 months to comply with over a dozen new Privacy Rules, along with increased fines and penalties for security breaches. BAs (business associates), for example, are now charged with statutorily complying with all HIPAA rules instead of merely acting on behalf of a CE (covered entity).
The best way to ensure you have a thorough understanding of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, including changes due to the HITECH Act, is by taking a comprehensive course that offers an examination. Upon passing the exam, a certification in HIPAA Privacy and Security is granted and this is solid proof that you have a thorough grasp of these rules. In addition to HIPAA consultants and compliance officers, individuals in the following job roles benefit greatly from HIPAA training (this list is not exhaustive):
- Compliance Team members of Covered Entities & Business Associates
- Lawyers involved in Healthcare
- Business Analysts for Software
- Software development Project Managers
- Healthcare Quality Assurance and Risk Managers
HIPAA Privacy and Security training enables you to implement appropriate policies and procedures that comply with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and provides necessary tools to educate all staff handling PHI (protected health information) and ePHI (electronic protected health information).
If you are a Business Associate, provide training to your staff to become Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Experts to prove to Covered Entities that HIPAA compliance is a priority for you.
Healthcare entities seek individuals with HIPAA and HITECH knowledge. If you are seeking employment in the healthcare IT field, the CHPSE alone will not secure a job, but can be used as an invaluable marketing tool to capture a prospective employer’s attention and your certification may open an otherwise closed door.
HIPAA Privacy and Security training puts you in the driver’s seat on the road to healthcare compliance and provides valuable resources for use well after course completion.
Posted on March 22, 2011, in HIPAA, News, Training and tagged critical access hospital, EHR, EMR, health information technology, HIPAA, HIPAA breaches, HIPAA Courses, HIPAA fines, HIPAA penalties, HIPAA Security and Privacy, HIPAA Training, HITECH, Office of the National Coordinator, ONC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.