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The workforce must be trained about the permissible uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI), as well as the risks associated with specific actions, patient privacy, and data security.
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Educate Employees - The workforce must be trained about the permissible uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI), as well as the risks associated with specific actions, patient privacy, and data security. For instance, when a celebrity is admitted to the hospital, personnel may be tempted to check at their medical records out of curiosity.
Thus this must be clearly stated as a no-no.
Deter - Policies to mitigate risk must be devised, and those policies must be strictly implemented. Employees should be made aware of the consequences of HIPAA violations and privacy breaches. They can be fined a lot of money, and infractions can also result in criminal prosecution and jail time.
Detect Breaches - Healthcare institutions should use technology to detect breaches quickly, and user-access logs should be monitored on a regular basis. In addition, organizations must have a rigorous audit process in place and ensure that access controls are continuously monitored and updated to guarantee that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive patient data and that efforts by unauthorized personnel are not successful.