The nation’s healthcare industry may be in the crosshairs of cybercrime, but provisions in the Stage 3 electronic health records Meaningful Use final rule to secure electronic protected health information remain virtually unchanged from Stage 2.

There is one notable exception. In Stage 2, providers must conduct or review a security risk analysis of electronic protected health information created or maintained in certified EHRs in accordance with HIPAA (including addressing use of encryption), and implement security updates as necessary and correct identified security deficiencies as part of the provider’s risk management process.

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