The EHR Blues: Fears of Adopting the Threat of An EHR Data Breach
As the Privacy and Security Officer, one of the biggest fears that the board of directors (BOD) feared which caused a bit of hesitancy to move forward with the adoption of the EHR, has become a reality. You were recently notified of a recently discovered data breach that impacted your employer which represents ten (10) hospitals along the northeast coast. You are responsible for creating a breach notification letter. This letter is sent to patients whose patient health information (PHI) has been compromised in the breach. According to federal regulations, the breach notification letter must contain five required elements addressed in a customized manner according to the situational circumstances and consisting of:
Create a letter that incorporates the five required elements, and also include all six of the subcategories of information found in item #5. Using the actual breach case of the Affinity Health Plan in 2013 attached below; research a healthcare data breach that occurred within the past ten years to better assist you in understanding the true impact of a healthcare data breach and efforts taken to respond and prevent future occurrences. You will need to make up the specifics about your health care organization (email address, website, phone number, address…) but use the case for specifics about the breach event. Submit one (1) single presentation at the conclusion of Week Two no later than Sunday, by 11:59 PM EST. This is an individual assignment.
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