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OSE_1309_part1_Layout 1 9/6/13 12:31 PM Page 40 LEGAL UPDATE Lani M. Dornfeld, JD New HIPAA Rules Protect Patients' Electronic Data 10 steps to safeguard exchanges on the web. L ater this month, updates to HIPAA's rules governing electronic protected health information, or "ePHI," go into effect. The rules govern data that's transmitted by electronic means SECURED SYSTEM Make sure your facility's patient data, and the devices it is stored on and accessed through, are protected against breach and loss. (such as via e-mail, text message or another method of data transfer) or maintained in electronic media (such as laptops, tablets, smartphones or portable storage devices such as hard drives or USB flash drives). One of the primary compliance issues that you face is your surgeons' and staff's use of email, text messages and portable electronic devices when creating, sending and receiving patient information. The HHS's IT website (healthit.gov) offers these 10 steps to ensure against a breach of unsecured patient information: 1. Use a password or other authentication method to verify the identity of the user, process or device. Configure your mobile devices to demand passwords, personal identification numbers or passcodes before they allow access. Also configure them to activate a self-locking function after a set period of device inactivity to prevent unauthorized access or viewing. 2. Install and enable data encryption. This will protect health information stored on mobile devices. This is one way to render information "unusable, unreadable or indecipherable to unauthorized persons," as 4 0 O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2013

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