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Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of health information has been a fundamental principle for the health information (HI) profession throughout its history. HI professionals continue to face the challenge of maintaining the privacy and security of patient information, an effort that grows in complexity as information becomes more and more distributed in electronic systems.

The challenge of this responsibility has also increased due to the constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment. HI professionals are now charged with understanding how regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) impact privacy and security.

Training and Resources

Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of personal health information is no easy feat. As the complexity of information grows and becomes more widely distributed across all media, so must the skills and responsibilities of healthcare professionals.

If you are committed to ensuring privacy and security programs adhere to compliance and regulatory requirements from creation to implementation, review AHIMA’s privacy and security product offerings including our Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®) credential.

Hardcover | First Edition

Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) Exam Preparation

Prepare to sit for the CHPS examination with this book of practice exams covering all four CHPS domains.

EBook | Second Edition

HIPAA by Example

This book provides examples of expert reasoning on how the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules can be applied correctly under various real-life scenarios.

Hardcover | Second Edition

Introduction to Health Information Privacy and Security

Get an overview of health information privacy and security principles and practices by outlining the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, relevant portions of the HITECH Act, and other laws and organizations that regulate health information.

Third Edition

Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management

Health law is a complex and rapidly-changing topic, and students studying health information management (HIM) or health informatics require the most current information to be prepared to achieve legal compliance in a professional context.

Live Stream | 1 CEU

Leading, Creating, and Managing a Business Continuity Plan

Join us on November 9, 2021, at 12:00 noon CT, for this informative live event. Are you leading the creation and implementation of a comprehensive contingency and business continuity plan? Learn about foundational requirements for the development of a successful plan. Devise an optimal plan for testing, updating, and effectively communicating that plan to the organization's workforce.

3 Webinars | 3 CEUs Total

The Nuances of Health Information and Telehealth: 3 Perspectives

Build your knowledge of telehealth services and understand how this growing service impacts the healthcare industry. Join us for this Available On-Demand series to explore:

• Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth in Ambulatory Care
• Cybersecurity & Compliance for Telehealth: A Guide for Secure Patient Encounters
• Revenue Recognition in Telehealth Best Practices

5 Webinars | 5 CEUs Total

Privacy & Security Webinar Series: The HIPAA Security Rule

This Available On-Demand series will enable health information professionals to learn more about the Security Rule. These presentations are a great first step to ultimately achieve the Certified Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®) credential.

5 Webinars | 5 CEUs Total

Webinar Series: An Introduction to Privacy & Security in HIM

This Available On-Demand series will enable health information professionals to learn more about privacy and security in HIM. These courses are a great first step to ultimately achieve the Certified Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®) credential.

Sponsored Content


Designing a Trusted Framework for the Application of AI in Health Care

This white paper summarizes the Convener discussion, which focused primarily on data privacy and security, regulation, liability allocation, intellectual property, and contracting challenges, and how these issues affect the development of a trusted framework for using AI in health care.

White Paper

Information Sharing Best Practices

Developed in partnership between the Health-ISAC and the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, this workable white paper is designed for healthcare organizations to download and adjust into their individual environments. 

Practice Briefs (Members only)

Learn best practices for topics such as denials prevention and management as well as the art and science of CDI. 

Toolkits (Members only)

Be prepared to handle any situation in the workplace with toolkits covering topics such as disaster planning, breach management, and telemedicine. 

Explore Privacy and Security

Watch this video for an overview of privacy and security (1:22).

January 6, 2021

Watch List: 2021 Privacy and Security Trends

This presentation recaps 2020 privacy and security trends affecting the HIM industry. The session also focuses on the outlook for HIM in 2021 and how to prepare for the future.

January 4, 2021

There’s an API for That

The Cures Act gives patients unprecedented power over their own health data. HIM professionals will play a big part in helping consumers wield it responsibly and securely.

January 4, 2021

Four Reasons to Recapture Compliance in 2021

Why the pandemic shouldn’t stop providers from focusing on critical security and compliance gaps.

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