Risk Management for Healthcare Systems
Contributed by Lamaris Davis
The responsibility of risk management in healthcare systems falls on multiple individuals within any given organization. It’s well known that most hospitals and healthcare systems do not have a completely practicable risk management system that spans across an entire organization and operational structure for the delivery of key services. Ensuring the security of protected health information (PHI) in your health IT system requires that you institute measures to guard against unauthorized use or disclosure of PHI. A risk management plan should have five key parts which are administrative safeguards, technical safeguards, physical safeguards, organizational standards, and policies and procedures. For any single risk, a combination of safeguards may be necessary because there are multiple potential vulnerabilities that exist that could negatively affect healthcare systems, according to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
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