Appointing a security officer

August 6, 2004

Under the security rule, must I appoint a separate person in my office as "security officer"?

Q:Under the security rule, must I appoint a separate person in my office as "security officer"?

A: No. The person who's now responsible for your practice's privacy compliance may also assume this duty. The key thing is to place final responsibility for security in one person's hands, whoever that person might be. This individual should make sure that security measures are in place and that staff members are implementing them appropriately.