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Risk Analysis is #1 Meaningful Use Objective

Posted by Rose Doherty on Dec 2, 2015 12:33:38 PM

 Security Risk Analysis Moves from #9 to #1 in 2015

Final_Poster_2.jpgCMS recently released changes to the Meaningful Use Stage 2 program for 2015-2017,and the Security Risk Analysis is now the FIRST Objective.  Find out what this means to you.

The Security Risk analysis Moving On Up in Importance

The Security Risk Analysis has always been a requirement for Meaningful Use. In 2011 Stage 1 the Security Risk Analysis was Objective 15. In 2014 Stage 2 the Security Risk Analysis was Objective 9. With the release of the revised Stage 2 Objectives for 2015-2017, the SRA moves up to Objective 1.

While this could just be symbolic, having the Security Risk Analysis as the first Objective makes it clear that the requirement to protect patient information is extremely important. With over 100 million patient records breached, the government seems to be sending a message to healthcare organizations that they need to make protecting patient information a top priority.

Not performing a thorough Security Risk analysis is a leading cause of organizations failing a Meaningful Use audit. Now with the Security Risk Analysis as the first Objective, it is safe to assume that even more scrutiny will be placed on performing a thorough and accurate Security Risk Analysis.

If you have questions about performing a Security Risk Analysis, or if you need help with this very important task, contact us at 877-843-5767, or on our website at

Topics: HIPAA Compliance, Data Security

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