Security Rule Safeguards – Physical

Physical safeguards require that we protect PHI from fire and environmental hazards as well as from intrusion, and include:

  • Facility Access Controls – Create authorized access procedures to PHI
  • Workstation Use – Procedures governing PHI displayed on computer screens
  • Workstation Security – Providing secured facilities and workstations for PHI
  • Device and Media Controls – Procedures for device handling containing PHI
  • Printers – Utilize secured printers for any PHI printing that must occur

Actionable Takeaways:

  • Always safeguard any device which contains PHI with all means necessary to prevent unauthorized access or intrusion
  • Be cognizant of surroundings when accessing PHI and displaying it on a screen