Feb 22, 2013 Heart-Centered Privacy and Security: Evaluating Our Tech for Client and Clinician Safety PART 1

Educational Objectives

  • Determine what the clinician needs to do to achieve compliance with HIPAA Security and HITECH mandates
  • Describe security standards like encryption and when we need them in clinical practice – legally, ethically and practically.
  • Describe an Internet transmission and where risks to confidentiality lie in it.
  • Assess popular communications technologies for ethical, clinical and practical appropriateness for use with clients.
  • Make an Interim Security and Privacy Plan that takes the clinician’s time, energy and financial resources into account
  • Determine the clinician’s needs around how best to assist their particular clients in protecting their own privacy in therapy
  • Create a Communications Policy that reflects sound security and privacy procedures and helps clients be involved in the security and privacy process
  • Incorporate client behaviors and beliefs around security/privacy into assessment and treatment.

Ethics/Legal Documents Cited

  • ACA Code of Ethics (2005)
  • APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) 
  • NASW Code of Ethics (2008)
  • HIPAA Administrative Simplification (2006)
  • NASW and ASWB Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice (2005)
  • NBCC Policy Regarding The Provision of Distance Professional Services (2012)
  • APA Guidelines For the Practice of Telepsychology, July 2012 DRAFT (Released for public comment.)
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