ONC Unveils Security Risk Assessment App for Health Care Providers

From: iHealthBeat

On Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a new tool to help small- and medium-sized health care providers assess their information security risks, Modern Healthcare reports (Landen, Modern Healthcare, 3/28).

Background

The security risk assessment, or SRA, tool was first introduced in February at a session of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2014 conference.

It is ONC’s first mobile application and will help health care organizations document that they have considered security risks (Gold, FierceHealthIT, 3/28).

Details of Tool

The no-cost tool — which can be downloaded to both Windows and Apple iOS operating systems — includes:

  • 156 questions to guide health care organizations through each HIPAA requirement;
  • Storage for answers, comments and risk remediation plans; and
  • The ability to produce a report that can be submitted to auditors.

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