HHS Aims to Boost HIPAA Compliance with SRA Tool

HHS Aims to Boost HIPAA Compliance with SRA Tool   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services SRA mobile IT HIPAA compliance HHS healthcare The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled 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.

A statement provided to mHealthWatch explains the origin and function of the aforementioned resource.

“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 statement reads.

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 is available now at www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment.

“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 data.”

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