Describe the roles and responsibilities of the health information technician with regards to information security.

The Security Plan

Unit outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

ï‚· Contrast the terms confidentiality, privacy, and security.

ï‚· Identify threats to the security of health information.

ï‚· Describe the primary components of the security provision of the Health Insurance

Portability and Accountability Act and extensions by HITECH ACT.

ï‚· Describe the roles and responsibilities of the health information technician with

regards to information security.

Course outcome(s) assessed/addressed in this Assignment:

Formulate a secure storage and retrieval process for healthcare data.

GEL 1.1: Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in

Standard American English.


There are two parts to this Assignment. Each one will help you better understand how security

breaches are handled and give you the opportunity to create a security plan. Creating this security

plan will help you understand what is needed to protect data.

Part I

1. Search the internet for news about security breaches in healthcare and other industries in the

last three years.

Suggested source for the latest breach information from the Office of Civil Rights:

Source: HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Program: United States

Department of Health & Human Services. Retrieved from

2. Write a critical essay summarizing the two cases. Using what you have learned from this

course, identify the principal threats in each of these cases and what could have been done to

minimize these threats.

Part 2


1. Using what you learned from Part I, develop a security plan for a medium sized organization.

2. Critique the plan you have written, identifying its strengths, elements that were not covered in

the text, and any additional omissions or weaknesses of the plan.


ï‚· The Assignment should be a minimum of four to five pages in length, prepared in a

Microsoft Word document.

ï‚· Include a title page and reference page. Length requirements do not include the title

page, and the reference page.

ï‚· Follow APA style format and citation guidelines, including Times New Roman 12 point

font and double spacing.

ï‚· This Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English

featuring correct grammar, punctuation, style, and mechanics.

ï‚· Include at least four references. The course textbook counts as one reference. All

sources must be scholarly. Wikipedia is not acceptable. Use APA style for all citations

including course materials.

ï‚· Your writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful.

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