Privacy & Security

Information security and patient privacy are fundamental components of a well-functioning healthcare environment. The privacy and security content area of HIMSS provides resources to assist healthcare organizations and business associates with their privacy and security initiatives.

Search through our topic-based toolkits below to learn more or contribute to our efforts by joining our volunteer task forces or work groups.

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Privacy & Security Toolkit

Apply general principles for managing electronic information to keep information private and secure

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Small Provider Organization Privacy & Security Toolkit

Implement appropriate policy and procedures for smaller organizations

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Patient Identity Integrity Toolkit

Navigate the challenges of securely, reliably matching patient identity across systems

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Risk Assessment Toolkit

Conduct security risk assessments and implement a risk management process

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Mobile Security Toolkit

Manage mobile technology security based on industry best practices

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Cloud Security Toolkit

Understand the security challenges of cloud computing and make informed decisions


Healthcare Providers -- Weigh in on the impact of cybersecurity threats in healthcare by participating in the 2015 HIMSS Security Survey.

Recent cyberattacks have to proven to be highly disruptive and damaging to the goodwill of healthcare organizations. Participate in the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey to identify how your healthcare organization is avoiding becoming the next victim in the industry. We invite you to take five minutes to respond to our survey. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes. Read the security study details.

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