Accession Number : ADA420902


Title :   The Privacy Officer: A Critical Success Factor in the Implementation and Maintenance of HIPAA Legislation in DoD Medical Treatment Facilities


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 2001-Jul 2002


Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION


Personal Author(s) : Ponce, Joseph A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a420902.pdf


Report Date : 21 May 2002


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : This study examines the issue of privacy and security in the Military Treatment Facility(MTF) in light of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It analyzes the actions of players within the healthcare industry with regard to preparation for these regulations and seeks to draw a parallel for success in the Department of Defense (DoD), specifically, the Armed Services environment. The role of the privacy officer is examined in detail including job specifications and potential placement within the organization. The study conducts a survey of MTFs with regard to preparation on a questionnaire basis. This is correlated with whether or not the organization has a dedicated a privacy officer or privacy team. The study shows a strong correlation exists between those MTFs that have recognized the need for and dedicated a privacy officer or team and perceived success in preparation. Civilian institutions are examined thoroughly for their mechanisms in planning and training in the areas of privacy and security. The study attempts to raise the awareness of the criticality of HIPAA regulations and the need for adequate and prepared personnel to deal with the approaching changes. Finally, a road map is offered for commanders and DCAs to achieve compliance with HIPAA regulations within the required time frame.


Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL , *HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT , JOBS , MEDICAL SERVICES , HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , INSURANCE , LEGISLATION


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE