Personal health information is, unfortunately, very attractive to cyber criminals.
Unlike stolen credit card or financial information, which is rendered useless once the user or financial institution discovers the breach, health care data can be in a hacker’s possession long before the breach is detected. The information includes addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. It’s also exceedingly personal, with information the patient may not want made public, creating the potential for blackmail.
It’s in this environment that job opportunities for professionals holding certifications in healthcare security and privacy are increasing rapidly.
How rapidly? The number of positions requiring credentials such as the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) increased by 1,400% between 2014 and 2016, according to an article from Health IT Security.
That growth isn’t likely to cease any time soon. According to Fierce Healthcare, cybersecurity, as it was in 2017, will continue to be a concern for healthcare executives in 2018.
According to the American Health Information Management Association which offers the certification, earning the CHPS credential:
- Denotes competence in designing, implementing, and administering comprehensive privacy and security protection programs in all types of healthcare organizations
- Demonstrates a choice to specialize in the privacy and security dimensions of HIM
- Shows a commitment to advancing privacy and security management practices as well as lifelong learning and professional development
Becker’s Hospital Review states that earning the CHPS shows not only dedication to an employer, but also to patient care.
In order to take the CHPS examination, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
- An Associate’s degree and six years’ experience in healthcare privacy or security management
- Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential and a minimum of four years working in healthcare privacy or security management
- Baccalaureate degree and a minimum of four years’ experience in healthcare privacy or security management
- Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential and at least two years of experience in healthcare privacy or security management
- A master’s degree or related degree (J.D., M.D., or Ph.D) plus two years of experience in healthcare privacy or security management.