Power outages, floods, fires, and other weather related events like tornados and hurricanes can create a disaster with your practice’s protected health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires contingency planning and a new online game released from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology can help you better understand what you need to do to prepare.
The security training module, which was developed with the assistance of the Regional Extension Center Program’s Privacy and Security Community of Practice, uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. Users choosing the right response earn points and see their virtual medical practices flourish. But users making the wrong security decisions can hurt their virtual practices. In this version, the wrong decisions lead to floods, server outages, fire damage and other poor outcomes related to a lack of contingency planning.