Twenty Ways Your Facility Could Be Violating HIPAA

Thu, Jun 3, 2010

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Use this checklist on your next walkthrough to make sure you’re not overlooking crucial security breaches.

It’s always a good idea to complete regular walkthroughs in your health care organization in order to quickly and easily monitor your staff’s HIPAA compliance.

Read on to find a helpful tool for HIT pros in the form of a checklist.

This checklist, created by Patricia Johnston, a consultant with Texas Health Resources in Arlington, TX, can help you catch violations and track problem areas. For each item listed, check if observed or not, the number of occurrences, and add any comments.

• Staff discusses confidential information in public areas.

• Conversations with patient/family regarding confidential information are held in public areas.

• Overhead and intercom announcements include confidential information.

• Phone conversations and dictation are in areas where confidential information can be overheard.

• Visitors in public areas can see computer monitors.


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