Use Walkthroughs to Nip Security Problems in the Bud

Wed, Apr 28, 2010

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Use inspections to keep your security compliance plan in shape.

Does your security compliance program need a checkup? If so, now is the time to begin monitoring your staff so you can knock out compliance violations before they occur.

Read on to discover three steps that will help you get started:

1. Recruit Anonymous Reviewers. Much like the safety audits your office already performs, a walkthrough can prevent violations before the Department of Health & Human Services gets involved. Whether inspections are announced or executed without your staff’s knowledge, experts agree that they should be done at least annually for all departments and more often for high-risk areas.

“If you’ve found a problem area, then you want to do [walkthroughs] more often than [once a year] to get things really ironed out,” suggests Patricia Johnston, a consultant for Texas Health Resources in Arlington, TX.

Though not mandated by the…

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