Protecting Patient Data: A Key Role for Modern Healthcare KM Committee

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Q1. A key role for modern healthcare KM committee: Protecting data Patients come to the hospital expecting high-quality treatment and also that their privacy will be respected. Data infiltration costs hospitals over 6 million dollars a year (Fields 2010). Thus, encryption of all data pertaining to both patients and employees is vital: preferably encryption that cannot be turned off 'at will' by careless employees. All employees, regardless of their position in the organizational hierarchy should receive training in best practices about how to manage data, including not opening suspicious emails and not leaving computers on without logging off of their accounts first. IT personnel should monitor organization-wide suspicious activity, such as unusual log-in times or repeated attempts to log in with incorrect passwords. All staff members should be required to frequently change their passwords and use complex combinations of words and letters. One of the most frequent problems with data theft is the theft of physical objects such as laptops containing patient data. Under law, "hospitals are now required to take responsibility for patient data on a contractor's laptop, meaning extra security precautions must be taken" (Fields 2010). The storage of data on portable devices should be limited as much as possible, and the transport restricted to a few, select carefully-vetted persons Q2. Severity adjustment: How is it actually calculated? When evaluating a hospital's success rate

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