Report examines HIPAA security preparedness challenges (5/03/04)

URAC, a health care accreditation organization, on Wednesday released a report examining the preparedness of a sample of health care organizations for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's security rule, which takes effect on April 21, 2005.

The report says key challenges encountered by the health care organizations studied include incomplete or inappropriately scoped risk analysis efforts; incomplete or poorly executed risk management strategies; limited or faulty review of information system activity; and ineffective security incident reporting and response. The report recommends health care organizations begin preparing for the rule now, adding that most security risk management programs can take up to a year to fully implement.

Lawrence Hughes, AHA regulatory counsel and director of member relations, said the AHA is working with strategic partners Ernst & Young and Computer Associates to provide hospitals with additional resources to help jump-start their security efforts.

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The New Hampshire & Vermont Strategic HIPAA Implementation Plan

We're pleased to announce the creation of NHV-SHIP: The New Hampshire & Vermont Strategic HIPAA Implementation Plan. NHV-SHIP, founded by the New Hampshire Hospital Association, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. NHV-SHIP is a volunteer organization of hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, health plans, state health departments, and vendors, whose purpose is to assist all parties in leveraging existing resources, best practices, and complying with HIPAA. Membership is open to any organization that expresses a desire to work in a collaborative, non-commercial environment. A steering committee and three work groups are being developed for Transactions & Code Sets, Privacy & Security and Education & Awareness. More details will be announced soon for upcoming meeting dates. For more information about NHV-SHIP look to our web site at, or contact Kathy Bizarro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Greg Farnum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..