Privacy and Security of EHRs

Portrait of Kathryn Marchesini, J.D.

4 Ways Using the HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Can Help Your Organization

Kathryn Marchesini, J.D. | October 30, 2019

As ONC works to advance the development and use of health IT, we know that you play an important and equal role in maintaining the public’s confidence and trust. The privacy and security of health information is always at the forefront of our work and your organization’s business practices. In the spirit of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we want to highlight the HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool, which you can use to assess your organization’s security risks.

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HIPAA & Health Information Portability: A Foundation for Interoperability

Kathryn Marchesini, J.D. | August 30, 2018

Twenty-two years ago this month, the U.S. Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The federal Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules implemented under HIPAA, and administered and enforced by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), continue to serve as the national foundation of protections for individually identifiable health information, and of individuals’ rights with respect to their information, including the right to see and obtain copies of their health information from their healthcare providers and health plans.

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HIPAA Supports Electronic Exchange of Health Information at the Federal, State, and Local Level

Lucia Savage, J.D. | January 11, 2017

Important work to ensure the health system is functioning properly is conducted by a wide variety of entities at the federal, state, and local level. These agencies may license health care professionals or health insurance companies, administer a state Medicaid program, monitor compliance and efficacy of health care programs, and even ensure individual civil rights related to how organizations use patients’ health information. This important work sometimes requires that the oversight agency receive health information about individuals,

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A Road Map for States: Addressing Privacy and Policy Barriers to the Availability and Flow of Electronic Health Information

Lucia Savage, J.D. | December 9, 2016

Data show that individuals expect to be able to access their health information, making it readily accessible and securely shared among their health care providers to support effective clinical decision-making. And here at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), we are committed to providing the electronic health information infrastructure to support the nation’s transition to a health system that rewards quality over quantity to achieve better care,

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