What is HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is legislation that established a national standard for the confidentiality of patients’ health information. Those that work with health care information either as a health professional or business associate are required to be HIPAA compliant. In order to be HIPAA compliant, healthcare workers and business associates that work with patient health information must take a certification program that ensures comprehension of HIPAA practices and compliance with HIPAA laws. At first, HIPAA’s primary purpose was to protect people from losing their health insurance if they changed jobs or had a preexisting health condition. HIPAA has since been expanded to reduce the cost of health care transactions and protect the privacy and security of patient health information across other mediums (OfficeSafe, 2016).
How to Deliver HIPAA Trainings to Healthcare Staff and Business Associates
Deliver HIPAA trainings to healthcare professionals and business associates via the CertCentral LMS for healthcare institutions. CertCentral’s online training platform is the easiest LMS to use to build online programs. By administering HIPAA trainings online, health professionals and business associates are able to take programs anytime, anywhere on mobile, tablet, or laptop devices. 24/7 access to HIPAA trainings online allows busy professionals to achieve compliance at their own pace. For training directors of your healthcare institution, creating online certification programs has never been easier. CertCentral’s LMS for healthcare institutions requires no training, immediately begin building and administering your HIPAA training today!
How to Create a HIPAA Training Course
Do the research.
- In order to create a powerful online training program, share information through multiple mediums. Ensure comprehension of HIPAA policies by demonstrating these policies via PowerPoint slideshows, infographics, videos, and helpful articles. A learning management system supports the upload of these multimedia materials for easy learner access.
- The US Department of Health and Human Services has wonderful resources for better understanding HIPAA, and can serve as a great reference point for trainers that are creating their healthcare institution’s HIPAA online course (HHS, 2003).
Split the course content into easy-to-learn sections.
- Course content can be segmented into modules. Each module is like a chapter in a book. Split course content into modules so learners better digest new knowledge presented in the HIPAA course.
- One example of a way to split up content for an online HIPAA course is as follows:
- Module 1: Introduction to HIPAA
- Module 2: Privacy Rule: Covered Entities
- Module 3: Privacy Rule: Permitted Uses and Disclosures
- Module 4: Privacy Rule: Authorized Uses and Disclosures
- Module 5: Patient’s Rights & Administrative Requirements
- Module 6: Breach Notification Rules
- Module 7: Security Rule
- Module 8: Final Examination
Create comprehension questions after each module.
- Ensure learners understand course content by creating test questions and testing learner knowledge after each module.
- These questions will enhance learning outcomes of HIPAA training course content.