Author, and healthcare data privacy and security expert
"The last year has been a huge wake up call for the general public in regards to data privacy. The NSA is now a household name. I don't think that many people give much thought to where their personal, protected health information resides and how it is used. I think this should change," said Robichau.
The book outlines the new healthcare regime, ushered into place by the HITECH Act, which was part of the landmark 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These key pieces of legislation promoted the adoption of new technologies that would digitize patient health data.
"The government did a great job incentivizing the transition of sensitive health data from paper to databases. What the federal government has not done well in the past is enforcing laws requiring privacy and security related to patient data, and healthcare providers know this," said Robichau. "Some organizations are simply willing to let lax practices exist because the risk of being caught is low."
While there still are not adequate enforcement mechanisms in place, the tide might be turning. On
This is the largest such fine to date, and it sends a clear message to healthcare executives across the country. Get your privacy and security house in order.
Robichau points out that his book leads the healthcare professional, whether management or technical staff, through the process of building a secure medical record system, assuring that patient data remains private, as it should be. "Patients have a right to know that their private data is being held securely, and healthcare systems should consider this responsibility as basic as providing a paycheck to employees or keeping the lights on."
In addition to the book, Robichau has released a companion "Privacy and Security Campaign Kit," which consists of a short eBook, and high quality, digital downloads of 10 privacy and security campaign posters that can be used to train users to abide by common privacy and security practices in a healthcare setting.
"If you have done everything else right, but have not educated your staff, then you will have lost!" says Sanders.
The book, published by Apress Media, was released on
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11966841.htm
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