The HHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) realizes that there is a growing threat to the privacy of personal health information. They wanted to effectively protect this information so they created new security measures and revised others. All of these changes have been worked into their plan for 2016.

The plan, published last week, includes new controls of networked medical devices for hospitals and oversight of the security of EHRs as well as revised controls to ensure the security of Medicaid systems and revised state-based marketplaces information system security controls.

What are the key areas of these controls?

1. For controls over networked medical devices at hospitals, OIG will examine whether FDA’s oversight of these devices is sufficient to effectively protect associated electronic protected health information and ensure patients’ safety.

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