Data Privacy Day 2021 Events and Resources for You!
Data Privacy Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.
That means a lot to me and I think it means a lot to you, too. I think it is important that we give our patients and clients the gift of privacy. And that we have the right tools and resources for our employees to make good privacy and security decisions in our businesses.
Information Managers Ltd. is a Data Privacy Champion!
As a DPD Champion, Information Managers recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses, and government all share the responsibility to be conscientious stewards of data by respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.
Each of us is responsible to manage our name and our identity. When you share your personal information, you have the right and responsibility to ask the person or business why they need the information and how they will protect your personal information.
You can be a Data Privacy Day Champion, too! Follow this link and complete the Organization Champion Form with the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Data Privacy Day Activities
5 Steps To Prevent Employee Snooping
SAY NO TO SNOOPING!
If an individual affiliate knowingly breaches the privacy and security of health information, and the custodian can demonstrate that reasonable safeguards (including privacy awareness training) were in place, the individual affiliate can be charged under the Health Information Act. Fines of up to $50,000 may be applied to the individual, in addition to other sanctions from their employers and/or their professional regulatory colleges where applicable (HIA s.107).
What Is Snooping?
Looking at someone’s personal information without having an authorized purpose to access that information to do your job is known as ‘snooping’.
Even when you are “just looking” at personal information but don’t share that information with anyone else, this is still a privacy breach.
It is illegal.
Snooping incidents are on the rise and can cost you time, money, heartache, and headache in your practice.
When there is an offence under the privacy legislation like the Health Information Act, there may be an investigation, charges and court appearances, fines, penalties, and loss of employment.
Snooping is entirely preventable.
How Can You Prevent Employee Snooping?
Let’s take a look at the pro-active steps that you can take today to prevent employee snooping.
Download the Practice Management Success Tip 5 Steps to Prevent Employee Snooping
The Practice Management Success Tip, 5 Steps to Prevent Employee Snooping, will help you
- Take 5 practical steps to prevent employee snooping.
- Provide clarity about what is considered a privacy breach.
- Contribute to the health information privacy compliance in your healthcare practice.
Understanding Mandatory Privacy Breach Notification
To celebrate Data Privacy Day, Information Managers is hosting a free, 30-minute webinar on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:00pm Noon MT.
Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting is here!
Do you know how this will affect your healthcare practice?
If you are a custodian – including physicians, pharmacists, optometrists, opticians, dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, midwives, and more! – as defined by Alberta's Health Information Act, then…this free webinar is for you!
On August 31, 2018, amendments to the Health Information Act (HIA), came into force that introduce a fine of not less that $200,000 for a person who fails to take reasonable steps in accordance with HIA regulations to maintain safeguards to protect against reasonably anticipated threats to the security of health information (sections 107(1.1)(a) and 107(7)).
What you need to know about mandatory privacy breach notification!
In this free webinar, Jean L. Eaton, Your Practical Privacy Coach will explain:
- what is a privacy breach
- why a privacy breach is a significant problem
- why have mandatory privacy breach notification
- lessons learned in the first year of mandatory notification
- offence and penalty provisions of the HIA
- privacy breach notification requirements
- what you need to do now
I Heart Privacy!
Just in time for Data Privacy Day! Print badges for your team.
Right-click the image and select ‘Save As' to download and insert the image into your favourite templates to make badges or stickers or labels.
Or, use the done-for-you sheet of labels that you can print right away and slip into badge holders or print to stickers or labels.
You can even customize the labels and add your business name!
Get the label sheets using the buttons below.
Protect Your Organization and Your Patients With a Privacy Awareness Quiz
Equip your staff with the information they need to confidently and correctly handle personal health information.
Healthcare businesses need privacy awareness training to support key policies and procedures, and risk management programs need a privacy awareness training program.
As an employer and healthcare provider, you are responsible to provide training to all of your employees about privacy awareness.
If you don't provide the training, or if the employees don't understand the policies and there is a privacy breach, then the healthcare provider is more likely to be held accountable under the legislation and face penalties, including fines and even prison!
Patients value the privacy and security of their information.
Healthcare providers and clinic managers value privacy and security, and they value not having adverse results as a lack of compliance or patient safety issues.
Patients trust their healthcare providers with their sensitive, personal, and financial information.
If patients don't feel that the healthcare provider will keep their information confidential and secure, patients may choose not to share their information, which may impact their healthcare and treatment.
When we are privacy aware, we can better respond to patients' questions and build their trust in the quality of services that we provide.
Download the Privacy Awareness Quiz to use today to train your employees and protect your patients' health information.
Privacy Protection In The Pink Seat with Dr. Angela Mulrooney & Jean Eaton
While privacy is not technology driven, the lack of privacy, perhaps, is impacted by technology.
Many dental practices are overwhelmed with creating and implementing privacy and security policies and procedures and how to prepare a privacy impact assessment.
Angela and I discussed practical privacy tips for your dental practice to help reduce the overwhelm.
These tips apply to all types of healthcare practices.
“Talk Shop – Protect Your Business from Information Breaches”
Jean Eaton is a guest on Lauren Sergy's “Talk Shop” YouTube channel.
Talk Shop: learn from industry experts to be a better communicator in work and in life, hosted by @lsergy. Privacy tips for business owners, just in time for Data Privacy Day!
Stay Safe Online
For more information about how to get involved in Data Privacy Day and the Champions program, visit https://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day.
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter at @StaySafeOnline or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DataPrivacyNCSA and use the official hashtags #PrivacyAware and #DataPrivacyDay to join the conversation.
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Each day, from January 22 – 28, we will have daily privacy tips and free links to additional resources on social media accounts that you can download and use right away!
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