ONC Needs to Improve Risk-Rating Features of New Security Tool

The risk-rating features of a new tool developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help healthcare providers in small to medium sized physician offices conduct security risk assessments (SRA) need improvement. Released in late March, the SRA tool is designed by ONC to help practices that include 1 to 10 providers with HIPAA requirements for securing protected health information. However, more guidance about how to rate real-world threats to ePHI is required to make the tool useful.

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