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Overview

Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of health information has been a fundamental principle for the health information (HI) profession throughout its history. HI professionals continue to face the challenge of maintaining the privacy and security of patient information, an effort that grows in complexity as information becomes more and more distributed in electronic systems.

The challenge of this responsibility has also increased due to the constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment. HI professionals are now charged with understanding how regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) impact privacy and security.

Training and Resources

Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of personal health information is no easy feat. As the complexity of information grows and becomes more widely distributed across all media, so must the skills and responsibilities of healthcare professionals.

If you are committed to ensuring privacy and security programs adhere to compliance and regulatory requirements from creation to implementation, review AHIMA’s privacy and security product offerings including our Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®) credential.

August 3, 2020

AHIMA Focuses on Privacy During the Month of August

Healthcare privacy and information security is at a crossroads. Increased interoperability, portability, and connectivity of health information presents opportunities to...

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August 3, 2020

Privacy on the Global Stage

Examining how other countries face the growing threats to the privacy and security of personal information, and how those approaches relate to US laws

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July 7, 2020

Think Ahead for Telehealth Security and COVID-19

HIM professionals need to think not just about what is necessary to enable clinicians to communicate and exchange information in the moment but also about the impact that relaxed standards…

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July 7, 2020

Privacy’s and Cybersecurity’s Common Cause

Those charged with cybersecurity roles work to protect their organizations and the patients they serve against the reality that every new year brings more medical record breaches.

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July 7, 2020

Having an Effective Risk Discussion with Senior Leadership

Board oversight of privacy and information security risks is as important as the board’s stewardship of the organization’s financial health—indeed, the two are linked.

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