LMSs and HIPAA Compliance
by Logan Smith
Learning Management Systems have become versatile tools for educating and training your employees. One major way LMSs have revolutionized an entire industry is through the creation of HIPPA Compliance tools.
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and enacted by the U.S. Congress.
Title I – protects worker’s health insurance coverage for when they change or lose their jobs.
Title II – also referred to as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, helped establish a national standard for all electronic health care transactions. Title II also addresses the privacy and security of patient health information.
Privacy Rule – HIPAA provides federal protection for personal health information and guarantees patients with a right to their privacy. Many health care providers have always made sure to protect patient confidentiality by:
- Avoiding using patients’ names in public hallways and elevators
- Not talking with their outside friends or family about patients
- And by locking or securing record file cabinets
The Privacy Rule also outlines the allowable uses of patient health information for the covered entities. This rule also specifies what safeguards the covered entities must use in order to insure confidentiality and availability of electronic health records.
- Alerts employees when their HIPAA training deadlines are approaching
- Stays current with new rules and regulations, some LMSs will even automatically revise information and update employee alerts for you.
- Monitors the network and alerts administrators of any security breaches or unusual activity. Administrators can be notified of any changes were made to the content (copied, deleted, modified) and whether the change was made legally or illegally.
- Records all attempted logins, both authorized and unauthorized. A learning management system can record the time and nature of the login, helping to deter hackers from attempting to login.
HIPAA requires health care services to ensure compliance of their networks. If a provider chooses not to comply, they can be facing severe penalties and criminal convictions. Ensuring a safe and secure portal for your patient’s health information is very important and the right LMS can make a huge difference in the way you operate. If you plan on upgrading your system or switching to an LMS for your organization, please make sure to research each system to find which one is the best for your company.