Disposal of Information
Dispose of patient information in a way that others will not see it (i.e. shredding) Either use a shredder, place in a container marked for shredding (gray shred bins throughout PCMH ) or rip into small pieces.
Delete from the computer electronic messages and files with patient information.
HIPAA and Research
You have University Medical Center and Institutional Review Board (UMCIRB) approval regardless of the type of research to be conducted if it involves the access or use of patient health information. For questions regarding research and HIPAA privacy, contact either the ECU Privacy Officer at 744-5200 or contact the UHSEC (PCMH) Privacy Officer at 847-6545.
Secure passwords are equivalent to your personal signature
You are responsible for work done under your password.
Remember to log off when you are done using your computer or a program on a departmental computer.
It is good practice to use a screen saver on your computer – this way when you leave your desk temporarily, information is not easily seen.
Never share computer passwords.
Lack of compliance could lead to criminal, civil and financial penalties to the hospital or ECU
Disciplinary action up to and including termination
Enforce regulations to the full extent of the law
Possible basis for civil lawsuit for privacy violations
Loss of patient/community trust
Lack of professional atmosphere
We create an even safer environment for our patients
We manage the balance between the disclosure of patient information and their right to privacy
We bring our standards to life in one more way
Please read the following Policy on Privacy, Information Security and Confidentiality of Medical Information. If you have any questions you may contact the Hospital’s privacy officer, at 847-6545 or ECU HIPAA Privacy officer
March 17, 2009