For PHI Peace of Mind, Be Kind & Remind

Wed, May 12, 2010

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Crafting log-on banners helps staff safeguard protected info.

Don’t have the time or energy to tie strings around your workforce’s fingers to remind them about the importance of safeguarding the privacy of protected health information (PHI)? Well, here’s a far more practical and effective way to remind your staff to be on guard when it comes to handling PHI.

Margret Amatayakul, president of Schaumburg, IL-based Margret A. Consulting, was approached by a client who was looking for a way to sensitize his staff on HIPAA privacy and security issues. The client asked Amatayakul to devise a series of “pithy reminders” that would scroll across computer screens whenever workforce members logged on to the system.

These log-on banners often couched as slogans or spin-offs of common phrases were intended to alternate monthly, thereby giving employees a variety of friendly reminders to safeguard patients’ PHI.

“So I created a bunch of little…

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