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HHS releases security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance

security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance:

A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care
providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of
their organizations is now available from HHS.

The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil
Rights (OCR). The tool is designed to help practices conduct and
document a risk assessment in a thorough, organized fashion at their own
pace by allowing them to assess the information security risks in their
organizations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.

The application, available for downloading
at www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment also produces a report that can be provided to auditors.

HIPAA requires organizations that handle protected health information to
regularly review the administrative, physical and technical safeguards
they have in place to protect the security of the information. By
conducting these risk assessments, health care providers can uncover
potential weaknesses in their security policies, processes and systems.
Risk assessments also help providers address vulnerabilities,
potentially preventing health data breaches or other adverse security
events. A vigorous risk assessment process supports improved security of
patient health data.

Conducting a security risk assessment is a
key requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule and a core requirement for
providers seeking payment through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR
Incentive Program, commonly known as the Meaningful Use Program.

“Protecting patients’ protected health information is important to all health care
providers and the new tool we are releasing today will help them assess
the security of their organizations,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national
coordinator for health information technology. “The SRA tool and its
additional resources have been designed to help health care providers
conduct a risk assessment to support better security for patient health

“We are pleased to have collaborated with the ONC on this
project,” said Susan McAndrew, deputy director of OCR’s Division of
Health Information Privacy. “We believe this tool will greatly assist
providers in performing a risk assessment to meet their obligations
under the HIPAA Security Rule.”

The SRA tool’s website contains a User Guide and Tutorial video to help providers begin using
the tool. Videos on risk analysis and contingency planning are available
at the website to provide further context.

The tool is available for both Windows operating systems and iOS iPads. Download the Windows version at http://www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment. The iOS iPad version is available from the Apple App Store (search under “HHS SRA tool”).

HHS releases security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance: