Security training available for health care providers

The Hawaii Pacific Regional Extension Center will present afternoon and evening Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security training sessions Thursday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

This health care compliance education program helps physicians, health care providers and their staff members to meet training requirements under HIPAA, the set of federal regulations that includes standards for safeguarding patient data.

Thursday’s sessions will be the first time the HPREC has brought “Workforce Security Awareness Training” to Maui.

The afternoon session will run from noon to 2 p.m., while the evening session is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. The cost per attendee is $50, while medical practices and other organizations with five or more attendees qualify for a discounted rate.

Refreshments, as well as certificates of course completion, are included in the cost of the training.

The program is valuable and cost effective for health care providers because while HIPAA security training is federally mandated, and can help prevent data breaches, identity theft and other violations of HIPAA and other laws, small medical practices in particular often lack the in-house expertise to adequately train their staff members, according to a news release.

HPREC was established as part of the Hawai’i Health Information Exchange to assist health care providers in Hawaii and other U.S.

Pacific territories with the adoption of electronic health record systems and other aspects of health information technology.

For more information or to register for the training, contact Holly Iwasaki, Hawai’i Health Information Exchange communications and outreach specialist at (808) 441-1317 or