ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) recently released a "Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information,"* an instructional guide designed to help healthcare practitioners, staff, and other professionals better understand the important role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and Meaningful Use. The guide is a comprehensive, and easy-to-understand tool to help providers and professionals integrate privacy and security into their clinical practice and includes sections addressing:
· Privacy & Security and Meaningful Use
· Security Risk Analysis and Management Tips
· Working with EHR and Health IT Vendors
· A Privacy & Security 10-Step Plan
· Health IT Privacy and Security Resources
Full Guide: Check out the full Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information: http://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/privacy/privacy-and-security-guide.pdf.
Sections of the Guide: You can also download individual sections of the guide. Please visit the privacy and security section under the Providers & Professionals tab on HealthIT.gov:
Together, we can build a culture where privacy and security are respected and valued to inspire confidence and trust in health IT and electronic health information exchange by protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information.
*OCPO developed this guide with assistance from an ONC cooperative agreement partner, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation."