In our information age where we depend on our computers, tablets and mobile phones to access information wherever we go, protecting our personal information is one of the most important things that needs to be done.
One of the examples that we can all relate to would be the medical industry. Your doctor and the staff in their medical practice have access to your confidential patient records and may access it on a variety of devices. There are plenty of opportunities where someone that is not a staff member in your family doctors clinic may have access to your confidential records, so you would hope that safeguards are in place to protect your records, right?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a set of laws that outline the responsibilities of how medical institutions handle and care for patient information. This applies to everything from a small medical clinic to large hospitals.
While most hospitals would have large legal teams that would ensure compliance with the act, the smaller clinics don’t have the budget or resources to have access to a lawyer all of the time. Instead these organizations depend on training their employees on how they can ensure HIPAA compliance throughout their organization.
Statistically, medical practices that have some formal HIPAA training in place for their staff minimize their chances of breaching the HIPAA, reduce the number of potential violations, ensure the security of their electronic devices, and increases productivity in their medical office.
Proper training makes complying with the HIPAA easy whether you have a small or large scale health care facility.