BMI 5306 Security for Health Information System

(web-based instruction)

3 semester credit hours/meets part of basic informatics component 

This course will address security issues as they impact health information systems. Physical security of the hardware and software including redundancy, back up and restricted access will be discussed. Security and appropriateness of access will be addressed in terms of both hardware and software solutions. Data integrity, audit ability and system integrity will be considered along with the unique problems, such as the hacking of implantable devices, wired, wireless, and cellular networks, as well as the challenges of personally owned devices. Solutions to these concerns will be discussed in terms of industry standards, those that already exist, and those that are still evolving. Compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule, including the requirement for an annual risk analysis, will be covered. Students will write and evaluate policies, analyze security regulations, and conduct a mock risk analysis.

Upon successfully completing the course, students will:

  • Compare and contrast the safety and security needs of information systems.
  • Develop a basic vocabulary of safety and security systems.
  • Describe fundamental elements, principles, methodologies, and techniques used to provide a secure and safe systems environment.
  • Assess the social and technical aspects of safety and security in health information technology.
  • Explore the strengths and weakness of different aspects of network security measures such as password structures, biomorphic identification, and automated security systems.
  • Choose a balanced combination of elements providing a safe and secure systems environment.