EHRs and HIPAA: Steps for Maintaining the Privacy and Security of Patient Information

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Training – Steps for Maintaining the Privacy and Security of Patient Information. This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals practicing in the United States.

The goal of this activity is to summarize steps for incorporating security standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into an electronic health record (EHR), consistent with the objectives of Meaningful Use.

Faculty and Disclosures

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Medscape, LLC, requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner, that could create a conflict of interest.

Medscape, LLC, encourages Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Leon Rodriguez

Director, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Disclosure: Leon Rodriguez, JD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Mr Rodriguez does not intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Mr Rodriguez does not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Jane Lowers
Director of Government Strategy, Medscape, LLC

Disclosure: Jane Lowers has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Nafeez Zawahir, MD
CME Clinical Director, Medscape, LLC.

Disclosure: Nafeez Zawahir, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS
Nurse Planner, Continuing Professional Education Department, Medscape, LLC.

Disclosure: Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Lead Nurse Planner, Medscape, LLC.

Disclosure: Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online educational activity. For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the title page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must receive a minimum score of 75% on the post-test.

Follow these steps to earn CME/CE credit*:

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and author disclosures.
  2. Study the educational content online or printed out.
  3. Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score as designated at the top of the test. We encourage you to complete the Activity Evaluation to provide feedback for future programming.
  4. You may now view or print the certificate from your CME/CE Tracker. You may print the certificate but you cannot alter it. Credits will be tallied in your CME/CE Tracker and archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can print out the tally as well as the certificates from the CME/CE Tracker.*The credit that you receive is based on your user profile.

Credits Available

Physicians – maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Nurses – 0.25 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (0 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

You Are Eligible For

  • Letter of Completion

Hardware/Software Requirements

To access activities, users will need:

  • A computer with an Internet connection.
  • Internet Explorer 8.x or higher, the latest versions of Firefox or Safari, or any other W3C standards compliant browser.
  • Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML5 capable browser may be required for video or audio playback.
  • Occasionally other additional software may be required such as PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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