The Privacy Officer: A Critical Success Factor in the Implementation and Maintenance of HIPAA Legislation in DoD Medical Treatment Facilities
Final rept. Jul 2001-Jul 2002
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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This study examines the issue of privacy and security in the Military Treatment FacilityMTF 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.
- Administration and Management
- Medicine and Medical Research