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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Operational Safeguards: A Component of Information Security

Operational safeguards are correct processes, procedures, standards, and practices that govern the creation, handling, usage, and sharing of health information. They are an important piece of the “due care” and “due diligence” any healthcare organization must perform.1, 2 A distinction must be made between these and administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. While the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are important by themselves, they must be integrated to completely protect health information and systems. To implement a process that provides layers of protection, like defense in depth, where a robust and integrated set of measures and actions are in place that ...

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