The HIPAA Security Rule requires doctors to use suitable administrative, physical, and technical protections to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and security of patients’ electronically stored, protected health information (also known as “ePHI”). The Security Rule focuses on the technical and nontechnical security measures that covered businesses must put in place to protect ePHI, essentially operationalizing the protections outlined in the Privacy Rule.

Even those entities that make use of approved electronic health record (EHR) technologies must evaluate their security concerns. To remain in compliance with the Security Rule, those businesses must implement administrative, physical, and technical protections and record each security compliance measure. In this article we will provide you the HIPAA security rule checklist, so continue reading.

The HIPAA Compliance Checklist: The Security Rule

The creation, sharing, storage, and destruction of ePHI are all governed by precise rules laid out in the HIPAA Security Regulation. The regulation has been applied to manage patient confidentiality in conjunction with evolving technology ever since it was adopted. The safeguarding of ePHI is now more crucial than ever due to the expanding trends of cloud computing and online and remote document exchange.

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  • For each of these protections to be fully compliant, a particular set of requirements must be followed. Each precaution and standard has a legal vocabulary that can be complex, therefore we’ve simplified yet comprehensively listed them below.

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  1. Step 1: Although the HIPAA Privacy Officer can fill the position, it is preferable to assign it to a member of the IT team in bigger firms.
  2. Step 2: Identify the systems that produce, acquire, preserve, or transport electronic protected health information (ePHI) and secure them from unauthorised access by other components of the organization’s IT infrastructure.
  3. Step 3: Determine which employees should have access to electronic protected health information (ePHI) and put role-based access controls in place to stop users from accessing more ePHI than they are authorised to.
  4. Step 4: Do an inventory of the hardware and storage media that are used to access ePHI. Make sure a system is in place to document the movement of any media or equipment.
  5. Step 5: To prevent unwanted access, make sure that all devices that access ePHI, including remote and personal devices, are PIN-locked and have automatic logoff features enabled.