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A fair warning on FairWarning ®

On April 21, Baptist will begin implementing FairWarning®, a new software tool designed to monitor instances where a patient’s electronic health record is inappropriately accessed. The software allows remote teams to review audit trails, specifically looking at data from Baptist’s electronic health records and clinical systems collected just one day prior.

Accessing information unrelated to job duties is a violation of HIPAA. What is inappropriate access?

  • Accessing a record of a family member, friend, colleague or team member
  • Accessing medical records outside your normal scope of business
  • Using shared or compromised credentials
  • Accessing the medical records of a VIP or person of interest in the media
  • Stealing patient data

FairWarning® supports all our team members’ and medical staff’s efforts to safeguard patient information. In turn, this helps Baptist provide the best care to patients and our community while protecting their information.

Enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was strengthened under the HITECH Act and includes increased fines and penalties for individuals and institutions that fail to comply. At Baptist specifically, if a privacy breach is detected, privacy and security contacts the appropriate supervisor for follow up and possible disciplinary action.

Baptist team members throughout the system are encouraged to access patient information only for legitimate clinical, research or business needs.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Corporate Privacy and Security Department at CorporatePrivacySecurity@BMHCC.org.

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