Resources Update—Security and Usability

Since the last resources-related post, two additional pages have been added— Usability and Security.   Resource pages offer practical information for those implementing systems and research information for informatics researchers and system designers.

The initial version of the usability page focuses on major national policy reports/documents and selected research articles going back to 1999.  The resources were selected with an emphasis on usability as a software selection tool and as an adjunct to system design.

Security, or the lack thereof, is gaining traction in headlines.  Increasing reports of fines for data breaches are contributing to a growing awareness of the importance of proper security.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC),  and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have put together an amazing set of educational resources for those attempting to comply with the HIPPA Security Rule.   The security resources provided offer detailed guidance on all aspects of security rule compliance.  Many of them are ideal for helping small practices understand the nuances of good security practices. As a bonus, NIST has created a software tool that assists organizations in documenting their level of compliance.  This is an amazing piece of software that could easily be sold for hundreds of dollars.   Try it, you’ll like it.

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