Privacy Rule – Reasonable Safeguards

Topic Progress:

The Privacy Rule requires use of reasonable safeguards to protect PHI, which include the following:

  • Speaking softly when discussing PHI in public spaces (desk, cubicle, hallway)
  • Not using the name of the individual whose PHI is being discussed
  • Reminders to employees to keep PHI secure
  • Isolating and locking filing cabinets or anything containing PHI
  • Logging off of your computer when you walk away from it
  • Equipping computers with password-protected screensavers
  • Never discussing PHI outside of work in public spaces where others can hear

Actionable Takeaway

  • All employees must be extremely cognizant of reasonable safeguards when dealing with PHI to avoid any HIPAA violations