Public Health Departments provide a broad array of services to their communities, which may include but are not limited to: disease surveillance and investigation, immunizations, emergency preparedness, infant and maternal health programs, health promotion and prevention programs, home health services, child care facility inspection. While the size and scope of health departments across the country varies between different jurisdictions, all share common goals, challenges, and regulations. The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach requirement is a mandate under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Likewise, the HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for Protected Health Information (PHI) held by health departments and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. Personnel involved in public health must have a grasp on disclosures of PHI permitted for patient care and other important purposes, along with other ways the regulations affect their job functions.
This 50-minute webinar by EHR 2.0, will focus on HIPAA/HITECH requirements for Public Health Departments.
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