New technologies, like Health Link, are allowing UWHC to continually improve the quality and efficiency of patient care, but these new technologies also present new risks to patient privacy. By adopting the administrative, physical and technical safeguards that the Security Rule requires, UWHC protects our patients’ privacy while taking advantage of these new technologies.
Some of the ways that UWHC keeps electronic patient information protected are by:
- Making Systems Secure: UW Health must use "firewalls" and other measures to make sure patient information on computers is protected.
- Preparing for Disasters: We must make sure equipment and electronic data wouldn't be damaged if a disaster happened, like a fire or flood.
- Checking Workers' Access: We must make sure only the right workers are given keys and passwords to get into computer rooms, and log onto computers.
- Making Audits: UW Health will make checks (or "audits") of its software. We will make sure that only the right workers have logged on and viewed patient information.
- Following Termination Procedures: UW Health will collect electronic keys and swipe cards from workers who are terminated or reassigned; their computer access will be shut off.
- Training: Workers will be trained to keep track of passwords, protect computers against viruses, and to do other simple security tasks.
If you have questions about the HIPAA Security Rule, please contact the UWHC Privacy Officer.