The videoSecurity 101: Contingency Planningdiscusses designing a course of action for organizations to effectively respond to an unexpected event or future event that may or may not happen. In healthcare, it is designed to help protect electronically protected health information (ePHI) (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, 2014). The unpredictable nature of life and business shows the need for a contingency plan which is also a requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule. The plan also outlines methods to restore data. It involves five essential elements: data backup, disaster recovery, , testing and revision procedures, applications, and data criticality analysis; where the first three are a requirement for all health institutions under the HIPAA rule, while the other two are addressable (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, 2014). A contingency plan is crucial to improve healthcare provision and comply with HIPAA regulations.
Security information is always evolving and requires an elaborate plan to gain knowledge continuously. I plan to enroll in a short course covering security to provide the foundation for my security knowledge. It will inform me of the basics and allow more focused learning on complex issues. There are several free online courses on security that I can enroll into implement the first stage of my plan (Mohamed Shakeel et al., 2018). Secondly, I will engage in online research of journals and articles relating to security in healthcare to improve my knowledge further. Several platforms, such as HealthIT.gov, provide recent articles on healthcare security that would allow me to remain updated with trends and new information (Mohamed Shakeel et al., 2018). Next, I will assess the in one healthcare organization to understand the application of the knowledge learned and to gain some practical knowledge on how various elements work. I believe my plan will significantly improve my knowledge of security and privacy.
Mohamed Shakeel, P., Baskar, S., Sarma Dhulipala, V. R., Mishra, S., & Jaber, M. M. (2018). Maintaining security and privacy in health care system using learning based deep-Q-networks.Journal of medical systems,42(10), 1-10..
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. (2014, April 17).Security 101: Contingency Planning[Video]. YouTube..