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HIPAA Basic Training for Privacy & Information Security. Vanderbilt University Medical Center VUMC HIPAA Website: www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/HIPAA. Vanderbilt Credo. “We treat others as we wish to be treated” Vanderbilt Credo Behavior “I respect privacy and confidentiality”.

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hipaa basic training for privacy information security

HIPAA Basic Trainingfor Privacy & Information Security

Vanderbilt University Medical Center



vanderbilt credo
Vanderbilt Credo

“We treat others as we wish to be treated”

Vanderbilt Credo Behavior

“I respect privacy and confidentiality”

what is hipaa h ealth i nsurance p ortability and a ccountability a ct of 1996
What is HIPAA?Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
  • Limits how we use and share patient information
  • Gives patients more control over their information
  • Protects the integrity, availability and confidentiality of patient information
  • Defines violation penalties
what is protected under hipaa
What is Protected under HIPAA?
  • Individually identifiable health information collected from an individual that is created or received by a health care provider, employer, or plan.
  • In any form: written, verbal, electronic
  • Information pertaining to HIV, alcohol and drug treatment, psychotherapy notes, etc. have even more stringent protections.
patient rights
Patient Rights

HIPAA regulations provide individuals with certain rights that are reflected in VUMC policy.

Patients have the right to:

  • Receive a Notice of Privacy Practicesthat describes how we use and share their information
  • Review and obtain copiesof their medical and financial records
  • Request corrections if they believe information is incorrect
sharing patient information you must obtain patient authorization except for in these circumstances
Sharing Patient InformationYou must obtain patient authorization except for in these circumstances:
  • Treatment (referring physicians, family members involved in patient’s care, etc.)

Whenever possible, the patient should be given the opportunity to control which family members receive information.

  • Payment (insurance companies, other third parties)
  • Administrative functions (QI, financial analysis, educational or training activities)
  • Other specific exceptions (required by law, Department of Public Health)
giving patients control over their information
Giving Patients Control Over their Information
  • Only share patient information with other faculty and staff who need the information to do their job.
  • Avoid accessing a patient’s record unless you need to do so for your job or you have written permission from the patient. You are not allowed to access the record of your co-worker, spouse, or family member unless there is a signed authorization form in the patient’s record.
passwords and electronic signatures
Passwords and Electronic Signatures

Some Do’s and Don’ts related to passwords and electronic signatures. Note: Electronic signatures should be protected in the same manner as passwords.

  • DO choose ones that you can remember
  • DO remember that the longer they are, the better
  • DO use numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and special symbols to create them, where allowed
  • DO NOT share them with anyone
  • DO NOT write them down where others can see or store them where others can access them (unless encrypted)
  • DO NOT use words, names, or personal data (e.g., SSN)
logging off
Logging Off

When using a computer if you need to walk away you should always:

  • Log Off OR
  • Lock the computer screen

This is important so that others do not document in the electronic medical record under your user-id or gain access to information they may not be authorized to view.

  • Email sent over the Internet is unencrypted and not secure.
  • Find alternative ways to communicate confidential information (e.g., encryption, MyHealthAtVanderbilt, password protected files, VPN)
  • Limit the amount of patient information.
  • Beware of Email Attachments!
sanctions for privacy and information security violations
Sanctions for Privacy and Information Security Violations
  • VUMC considers it a serious incident anytime that a privacy or security violation occurs.
  • HIPAA requires that we monitor information system activity which assists in identifying violations and that we document all incidents.
  • Disciplinary/corrective action ranges from training/counseling to termination.
  • Unfortunately every year someone at VUMC is terminated due to committing this type of violation.
what should be reported
What should be reported?
  • Examples:
  • Looking at someone else’s confidential data.
  • Leaving paperwork with patient information lying around unattended.
  • Sharing your password or electronic signature with someone else or using someone else’s password or electronic signature.
contact one of the following to report privacy information security incidents
Contact one of the following to Report Privacy & Information Security Incidents
  • Privacy Office (936-3594) or email Privacy.Office@vanderbilt.edu
  • Help Desk (343-4357)
  • Compliance Reporting Line (343-0135)
  • Your manager
  • Always forward Patient privacy complaints to Patient Affairs (322-6154) or the Privacy Office.
the bottom line
The Bottom Line
  • Consider the patient’s perspective and give them control over how their information is used.
  • Avoid situations in which the patient would object to how their information was used or shared
  • Implement appropriate security measures to maintain the integrity of patient data, ensure its availability, and keep it confidential.
  • Be familiar with Vanderbilt’s privacy & information security policies
final instructions
Final Instructions
  • To complete the training you must print off the HIPAA Test and submit it to the manager in your department for filing in your personnel file.

Any questions related to this training may be submitted to the Privacy Office at privacy.office@vanderbilt.edu or call 936-3594.