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HIPAA IT requirements

I just started as  network admin for a small rural hospital.  I don't think they've done anything to ensure HIPAA compliance from the IT side.  Did I mention that I'm the ONLY IT person at the hospital???  I need to know where to get started learning how to get compliant, as I've never worked in a health care facility before.


Any suggestions?
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maharlika
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luv2smileCommented:
Try contacting larger hospitals and seeing if you can get a copy of their IT policies and possibly talk with their IT staff. Writing solid policies and procedures and then implementing and following them is key to being compliant to any regulations.
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DVation191Commented:
When I was faced with this issue, I had trouble finding concrete information. I ended up just downloading the rules and reading them. Now I know why things are so vague...because the rules themselves are vague.

I went to the website below. Read up on HIPAA, especially the Security and Privacy Rules, which probably apply to you more than anything else on that site.
http://www.ihs.gov/AdminMngrResources/HIPAA/ERRoom.cfm#HIPAA_Rules
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maharlikaAuthor Commented:
Both good comments.  I'll be doing both
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