Protecting Patient Information - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128043929, 9780128044117

Protecting Patient Information

1st Edition

A Decision-Maker's Guide to Risk, Prevention, and Damage Control

Authors: Paul Cerrato
eBook ISBN: 9780128044117
Paperback ISBN: 9780128043929
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 7th April 2016
Page Count: 162
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Protecting Patient Information: A Decision-Maker's Guide to Risk, Prevention, and Damage Control provides the concrete steps needed to tighten the information security of any healthcare IT system and reduce the risk of exposing patient health information (PHI) to the public. The book offers a systematic, 3-pronged approach for addressing the IT security deficits present in healthcare organizations of all sizes.

Healthcare decision-makers are shown how to conduct an in-depth analysis of their organization’s information risk level. After this assessment is complete, the book offers specific measures for lowering the risk of a data breach, taking into account federal and state regulations governing the use of patient data. Finally, the book outlines the steps necessary when an organization experiences a data breach, even when it has taken all the right precautions.

Key Features

  • Written for physicians, nurses, healthcare executives, and business associates who need to safeguard patient health information
  • Shows how to put in place the information security measures needed to reduce the threat of data breach
  • Teaches physicians that run small practices how to protect their patient’s data
  • Demonstrates to decision-makers of large and small healthcare organizations the urgency of investing in cybersecurity


People responsible for patient information security in hospitals, medical practices of all sizes, pharmacies, third party vendors, and any other health organizations. InfoSec practitioners working in the healthcare industry

Table of Contents

Preface, by John Halamka, MD, Harvard Medical School

Chapter 1: Introduction: Dissecting a book title

Chapter 2: Healthcare IT Security: Perception Versus Reality

Chapter 3: Regulations Governing Protected Health Information

Chapter 4: Risk Assessment

Chapter 5: Reducing the Risk of a Data Breach

Chapter 6: Mobile device security

Chapter 7: Securing Medical Devices

Chapter 8: Educating Medical and Administrative Staff for Information Security

Chapter 9: Managing Business Associates

Chapter 10: Coping with a Data Breach


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About the Author

Paul Cerrato

Paul Cerrato has more than 30 years of experience working in healthcare and has written extensively on patient care, electronic health records, protected health information (PHI) security, practice management, and clinical decision support. He has served as Editor of InformationWeek Healthcare, Executive Editor of Contemporary OB/GYN, Senior Editor RN Journal, and as contributing writer/editor for the Yale University School of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Information Week, Medscape, Healthcare Finance News,, and Medpage Today. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has listed Paul as one of the most influential columnists in healthcare IT.

Affiliations and Expertise

Contributing Editor, Medpage Today, Staff Writer, ; Executive Editor, Contemporary OB/GYN, and Senior Editor, RN Journal


"This is an unusual, yet interesting and important small volume… physician leaders, business executives of health care organizations, and those with smaller or bigger offices would find it useful. Considering the topic, it is highly readable." --Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Protecting Patient Information

"’s a good primer that condenses the main points of the regulations protecting patients’ data, and you will get some helpful tips. It’s a good way to get a sense of what you’ll be in for if you start the journey." --Help Net Security, Protecting Patient Information

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