With the evolving healthcare IT industry and the importance of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, it might come as a surprise that many consumers are unfamiliar with their rights under these regulations.
In an effort to address this issue, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has developed an array of new tools to educate consumers and healthcare providers about the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. There is now a series of fact sheets, available in eight languages, that inform consumers about their rights, easily accessible on the OCR’s website at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers.
The fact sheets supplement a set of seven videos that were released earlier this year on OCR’s YouTube channel, designed to educate in a consumer-friendly format. An additional video, The HIPAA Security Rule, has been designed for providers in small practices and offers an overview of how to establish basic safeguards to protect patient information and comply with the Security Rule’s requirements. The videos are available on the HHS OCR YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/USGovHHSOCR.
OCR has also launched three modules for healthcare providers on compliance with various aspects of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, available at Medscape.org:
- 1. Patient Privacy: A Guide for Providers http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/781892?src=ocr2
- 2. HIPAA and You: Building a Culture of Compliance http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/762170?src=ocr2
- 3. Examining Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/763251?src=ocr2
The Medscape modules also offer free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for physicians and Continuing Education (CE) credits for healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy.