Group Polishes Guidelines on HIPAA Security Rules – Computerworld

More HIPAA guidelines in the works due soon from nonprofit group.

Data Protection

HIPAA’s security rules, which were published in The Federal Register in April 2003, specify administrative, technical and physical measures that companies have to implement to protect confidential patient data.

Jopp said the working group’s compliance guidelines are based on a variety of sources, including best-practices documents, case studies and standards efforts by organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

The guidelines are meant to give IT and business managers “a better feel for what it will take to comply” with the HIPAA rules, said Mark McClaughlin, a Dubuque, Iowa-based regulatory policy analyst at McKesson Corp. McClaughlin is an adviser to the WEDI and co-chairman of the security working group.

Such guidance could be potentially useful, especially for smaller health care organizations that might be struggling to understand HIPAA’s requirements, said a former member of the working group who requested anonymity.

“The problem with the security rule is that it isn’t easy to implement,” he said, adding that many companies “are looking for someone to tell them, ‘Here’s how to do it.'”

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