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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.

October 12, 2020

How to Improve Patient Experience in the ROI Process

Release of information is complicated. The utmost goal is to meet the patient’s needs, but the ROI specialist must consider HIPAA compliance and other applicable rules and regulations with regard…

Read full article at Journal of AHIMA

September 17, 2020

Personal Health vs. Data Privacy During and After a Global Pandemic

There is an inherent conflict between a person’s healthcare needs and a right to privacy. In order to deliver quality care, it would be best if all patient health information…

Read full article at Journal of AHIMA

September 9, 2020

Law Enforcement and Privacy Protection for DNA Tests

Learn why it’s important for healthcare providers, payers, and clearinghouses to understand how to handle law enforcement requests for DNA tests and other genetic information.

Read full article at Journal of AHIMA

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