Security risk assessment – HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – 28 March 2014

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Security risk assessment – HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – 28 March 2014

Press release: HHS releases security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance – HHS.gov – 28 March 2014

“A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from HHS.

The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The tool is designed to help practices conduct and document a risk assessment in a thorough, organized fashion at their own pace by allowing them to assess the information security risks in their organizations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. The application, available for downloading at http://www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment also produces a report that can be provided to auditors.

HIPAA requires organizations that handle protected health information to regularly review the administrative, physical and technical safeguards they have in place to protect the security of the information. By conducting these risk assessments, health care providers can uncover potential weaknesses in their security policies, processes and systems. Risk assessments also help providers address vulnerabilities, potentially preventing health data breaches or other adverse security events. A vigorous risk assessment process supports improved security of patient health data.”

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