Keeping patient data secure can be an overwhelming concern for small practices operating without an IT staff. We all see stories on a weekly or monthly basis of supposedly secure patient data being lost or exposed to the embarrassment and financial detriment of those who fail to keep the information secure.
OptumInsight believes that there a few simple steps that can help physicians keep patient data secure and they’ve published a short, easily digestible report titled Keep Patient Data Secure: Simple Actions for a Digital World, (pdf file) which they describe as a practical guide with simple advice for protecting health information in today’s connected health communities.
The report covers a wide range of topics which include basic and often underutilized computer security, patient communications, and working with HIPAA Business Associates.
The report is only four pages long but it includes a great deal of useful information. If you’re not completely comfortable with your patient data security policies its a report you may want to review.