The Medical Education Campus Celebrates Health Information and Privacy Security Week 2009
April 21, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- As part of the American Health Information Management Associations (AHIMA) Health Information Privacy and Security Week, April 12 – 18, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) held various presentations addressing the need to educate the public on measures to protect the privacy and security of health information.
This year’s theme was, “Protecting Information - It’s a Top Priority.” Brian Foley, provost of the MEC kicked off the week with a presentation about how Health Information Management (HIM) and electronic health records have influenced and evolved healthcare professions.
Foley cited research done by the Northern Virginia Health Force and discussed the initiatives NOVA is taking as the region’s leading provider of trained healthcare workers.
Other presentations regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), privacy and security of health information and recently updated Red Flags Rule regulations were conducted to inform the public about the threats of medical identity theft.
Regulations are being tailored to address the concern of medical identity theft. Red Flags Rule--which originally stemmed from the November 2007 Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) that required financial institutions and creditors to develop and implement written identity-theft prevention programs—are now being modified to address the healthcare industry.
In another presentation, Victor Eilenfield, senior consultant for Health Information Technology and NOVA faculty member, presented on the 18 latest statutes and provisions that are affecting HIM professionals. Some of these statues include: breach notifications, education on health information privacy, restrictions on disclosures and sale of health information, improved enforcements and audits.
Eilenfield predicts the public will begin to see the statutes full implementation in four to five years. He said the direct effects to patients will be mostly positive because health information will be actively protected and secured.
For more information about the MEC, please contact Cynthia Williams at 703-822-6697.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.