The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published a comprehensive guide to keeping health information private and secure.

The guide is designed to help healthcare organizations, especially smaller ones, better understand the role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records as they participate in the HITECH Act EHR incentive program. “We issued the guide to provide organizations with a useful tool to help them integrate privacy and security into their organizations as they achieve [EHR] meaningful use,” says Joy Pritts, ONC’s chief privacy officer.

This resource could not come at a better time. As the OIG readies its audit program for meaningful users and as OCR continues to roll out its HIPAA Audit Program, organizations need to remain steadfast in their privacy and security management efforts.

Some weekend reading for you all!

Download the ONC Privacy and Security Guide