Message from the CEOs

As small provider organizations increasingly leverage electronic health records and other information technologies, they face significant challenges in their efforts to secure patient information. This is coupled with their efforts to comply with a myriad of existing and newly revised federal requirements. There is also a renewed emphasis on the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of electronic health information due to patient concern and media attention. Providers also recognize that protecting against a breach of health information will require employee training and the development of effective safeguards and reporting processes.

Targeting the needs of these small providers, HIMSS and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) (www.mgma.com) have partnered to create the HIMSS Privacy & Security Toolkit for Small Provider Organizations. This useful and practical toolkit will assist first in understanding the rapidly changing privacy and security environment, and then help providers implement an appropriate set of policies and procedures that best meet the needs of their organization. Since smaller organizations may not typically have the resources or technical expertise found in larger institutions, this toolkit will act as a roadmap and resource for clinical and administrative staff to navigate the complex privacy and security laws and regulations and to understand the security components required to participate in Medicare’s “Meaningful Use” EHR incentive program.


We hope this toolkit proves helpful as providers move forward with their health information privacy and security preparations.

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE
President/CEO, HIMSS

 

William F. Jessee, MD
President and CEO, MGMA/ACMPE