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Security of Health Information in Washington

        The state of Washington has instituted a number of safeguards to maintain the security of health information.  Primarily, the state requires health care providers to take steps to ensure that its health information is secure, by taking such precautions as deleting outdated and incorrect facsimile transmissions or other telephone transmittal numbers from computer databases.1  Entities participating in the exchange of health information must do so in a secure fashion.2  Additionally, the law requires the Washington Department of Health to implement system safeguards to detect and prevent unauthorized access or modification of individually identifiable health information.  The law also outlines specific safeguards that the Department must implement, such as encryption and physical safeguards.3  Many of these requirements are similar to federal HIPAA security regulations.  Washington also regulates the security of electronic pharmacy data, and requires medication record systems to establish security codes to prevent unauthorized modification of data.4

 

 

Footnotes

  • 1. Wash. Rev. Code §70.02.150
  • 2. Wash. Rev. Code §41.05.039
  • 3. Wash. Rev. Code §41.05.042; Wash. Admin. Code §246-455-080
  • 4. Wash. Rev. Code §69.41.055; Wash. Admin. Code §246-875-070

 

Security of Health Information in Washington

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Security of Health Information Wash. Admin. Code § 246-455-080 Security and Release of Reported Hospital Patient Discharge Data The Department of Health must maintain the confidentiality of any individually...
Wash. Admin. Code § 246-875-070 Confidentiality and Security of Pharmacy Patient Medication Record Systems Information that is contained in patient medication record systems must be...
Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.039 Health information — Secure access — Lead organization — Administrator's duties The Administrator must have, by August 1, 2009,...
Wash. Rev. Code § 41.05.042 Health information — Processes, guidelines, and standards The lead organization must, by December 1, 2001, develop guidelines and standards...
Wash. Rev. Code § 69.41.055 Electronic communication of prescription information — Board may adopt rules Practitioners may electronically communicate prescription refill...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.02.150 Security Safeguards of Health Care Information A health care provider must have reasonable safeguards for the security of all health care information...