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ONC Guide Calls for Privacy and Security Officers

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 16, 2012

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's recently released guide to help organizations protect patient data recommends medical practices hire a privacy and security officer, InformationWeek reports. The officer would be responsible for developing and maintaining policies and procedures to protect patient data, the report states. Medical practices are increasingly vulnerable to information security breaches as patient data moves online with the proliferation of electronic health records, said one expert. The 10-step guide also recommends developing action plans, mitigating risks, educating and training employees and communicating with patients, among other suggestions.
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