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Practice Management Nuggets

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Practice Management Nuggets is a weekly interview series with practice managers, healthcare providers, or trusted vendors who support healthcare practices. Topics help managers implement, maintain, or improve business and practice administration so that health care providers can focus on providing q… read more


How to Use Audit Logs to Improve the Security of Health Information In Your Healthcare Practice | Episode #075

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When was the last time that you reviewed your access logs in your healthcare practice?

In our policies, procedures, risk assessments, and privacy impact assessment submissions, we indicate the reasonable safeguards that we expect to implement in our practices to protect the privacy and security of health information.

But policies and good intentions alone isn’t enough.

We also need to take action on our policies.

Custodians have an obligation to ensure reasonable safeguards to protect the privacy and security of health information. This means having appropriate policies and procedures in place and demonstrate and document that you have implemented your plans.

In this podcast episode, Jean L. Eaton answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about using audit logs of your computer and your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) / Electronic Health Record (EHR) to improve security in your healthcare practice.

Improve Privacy and Security In Your Healthcare Practice Privacy and Security Monthly Audit Template

This Practice Management Success Tip includes

✔ Implementation guide – easy to read ‘how-to' instructions to get the best results from your privacy and security monthly audit.

✔ Audit form template in MS Word document format that you can download, print, and use right away.

✔ Access to mini-course with video examples to get you started.

✔ On-line access to Jean L. Eaton, Your Practical Privacy Coach and Practice Management Mentor to answer your questions

No software to purchase

Get the Templates Now! In This Podcast Episode Show Notes

Recorded June 2018.

You can advance the audio to these time markers:

00:51  Policies and Procedures Are Not Enough

01:10 What Are Audit Logs?

02:28  Importance of Audit Logs

04:52  Snooping

05:46  Reasonable Safeguards

06:11  Implementing Monthly Privacy and Security Audit

07:16  Starting Your Program

07:59  Sample Goals

09:36  Sample Compliance Observations

11:47  Sample Recommendations

12:15  Identify Your Action Items – what will you start, stop, or keep doing?

Action Steps That You Should Do Now See for checklists and templates that you can use right away to help you improve your healthcare practice security. Rate and Review the Podcast

I am honoured that you choose to spend your time with me today. Thank you for the opportunity to share my obsession about privacy, confidentiality and security with you!

Reviews for the podcast on whatever platform that you use is greatly appreciated!

When you provide your honest feedback it helps other people just like you find content that may help them, too.  If you received value from this episode, please take a moment and leave your honest rating and review.

Jean L. Eaton, Your Practical Privacy Coach

and Your Practice Management Mentor

with Information Managers Ltd.

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