Electronic Audits Can Prevent, Catch Data Breaches

September 17, 2012 – In The News
American Medical News
Elizabeth Litten, a partner and member of the firm’s Health Law department, recently spoke to American Medical News regarding when and how physician practices should look at audit trails on their EHRs to look for cases of inappropriate access to records.

Litten told American Medical News, “I think it’s really important that every employee knows that there is this process in place and it’s designed to not finger-point, but to identify if there are system problems, or confusion about what information should be used under what circumstances. It’s a way to protect the confidentiality of the patients and keep the entire practice in compliance.”

Litten noted, “I don’t think it’s helpful to do it surreptitiously, because I think everybody in the office should understand the importance of keeping the information protected and to be aware the practice will do everything it can to ensure that there’s ongoing compliance.”

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