Major data breaches are becoming more and more common. Here is some helpful information on how to prevent breaches of patients’ protected health information (PHI):
- Risk assessments. Be sure your practice performs regular, thorough assessments. Make sure mobile devices are secured and encrypted.
- Changes in operations: Be sure to conduct risk assessments after big changes. Big changes include your office moving or merging with another group.
- PHI disposal: Have a plan for securely disposing of outdated PHI on devices and equipment.
- Employee training: Employees who handle PHI should be trained so they understand the necessity of using available safeguards. Training is also important to foster a routine of privacy and security.
Additional tips include revising policies and procedures, revising agreements with business associates who have PHI access, regularly updating passwords, and keeping paper PHI files in secure area.