During 2012, the HHS Office for Civil Rights conducted 115 random HIPAA privacy and security audits in a pilot program. The time isn’t certain, but a formal random audit program is coming soon and the office is presently funded through 2014 to conduct them, says information security specialist Tom Walsh, president of Tom Walsh Consulting in Overland Park, Kan.

Walsh is part of a team of four experts that will walk through OCR HIPAA audits during the day-long Privacy and Security Workshop on March 3, the day before HIMSS13 formally starts in New Orleans. He’ll be joined by Mark Dill, director of information security at Cleveland Clinic; Mary Brandt, vice president of health information management at Scott & White in Temple, Texas; and Lisa Gallagher, senior director of privacy and security at HIMSS.

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