HIPAA Weekly Newsletters


Week 2 - August 25, 2017

This edition of the weekly HIPAA Advisor will provide feedback from the Physical Access Control and Validation Procedures Checklist that was completed last week and explain what our organization must do to comply with the associated federal laws and the HIPAA Omnibus STANDARD.

Background
An important step in protecting electronic health information (EPHI) is to implement reasonable and appropriate physical safeguards for information systems and related equipment and facilities. As we learned last week, physical safeguards are “physical measures, policies, and procedures to protect a covered entity’s electronic information systems and related buildings and equipment, from natural and environmental hazards, and unauthorized intrusions”. 

The Physical Access Control and Validation Procedures Checklist that was completed last week provided an evaluation of the security controls already in place and an opportunity to address the physical vulnerabilities identified.

Questions to consider?
Are policies and procedures developed and implemented that address allowing authorized and limiting unauthorized physical access to electronic information systems and the facility or facilities in which they are housed?    Read the newsletter here.



Week 1 August 18, 2017
This edition of the weekly  HIPAA Advisor contains resources and information related to HIPPA Compliance and Physical Security.

Please continue reading for details about upcoming steps to improve compliance in our facility. This week the Privacy Officer, Joyce Hiben, will be conducting a walkthrough of the facility to complete a Physical Access Control Checklist to provide information to our HIPPA GUARD partners related to physical safeguards.
 
What are HIPAA physical safeguards? 
As stated in the HIPAA Security Series, physical safeguards are "physical measures, policies, and procedures to protect a covered entity's electronic information systems and related buildings and equipment, from natural and environmental hazards, and unauthorized intrusion."
 
What are Facility Access Controls?
The first standard under the Physical Safeguards section is Facility Access Control. It requires covered entities to: "Implement policies and procedures to limit physical access to its electronic information systems and the facility or facilities in which they are housed, while ensuring that properly authorized access is allowed."  Read the newsletter here.
 

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