Workshops will tell how to safeguard medical information

Workshops on how to safeguard medical patient data according to federal laws will be held Thursday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

The Hawai’i Pacific Regional Extension Center is holding the workshops for physicians, other health care providers and their staff members in order to meet training requirements under the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act, the set of federal regulations that includes standards for safeguarding patient data.

The “Workforce Security Awareness Training” will be available in two sessions, one from noon to 2 p.m. or the other from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost per attendee is $50, while medical practices and other organizations with five or more attendees qualify for a discounted rate of $35. Refreshments, as well as certificates of course completion, are included in the cost of training.

The security training is federally mandated and can help prevent data breaches, identity theft and other violations federal law, an announcement said.

The extension center 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 adoption of electronic health record systems and other aspects of health information technology.

To register or for more information, contact Holly Iwasaki, health information exchange communications and outreach specialist, at (808) 441-1317 or send email to hiwasaki@