Providers Now Required to Change EMR Password Every 20 Minutes


Disclaimer: This post is from GomerBlog, a satirical site about healthcare.

In yet another initiative to safeguard patient information and enhance HIPAA compliance, Kind Humanitarian Hospital (KHH) enacted a new policy requiring staff to change their EMR passwords every 20 minutes.

In a memo sent to all personnel, KHH administrators Bill More and Bill Higher explained the policy: “With the digital threat at an all time high, it is our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to protect our records. We realize that this policy may create a minor inconvenience in the daily workflow, but the benefits far outweigh the burden: not only will this new security measure shield our patients, but it will also protect us. If anyone ever finds out how much opioids and antibiotics we’re prescribing, we’re cooked.”

To further enhance the digital lock-down, each new password must be 14 or more characters and contain at least one symbol, one number, one capital letter, one lowercase letter, one medical emoji, one Chinese symbol, and one zodiac sign. Also, different passwords must be used for each of the five different systems that the hospital is using for EMR, PACS, billing, coding, and email.

Also, users will be logged off after 2 seconds of inactivity.

Last Updated July 21, 2020

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