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This document specifies the procedures for bringing people and equipment in and out of a secured facility for processing or storing ePHI (electronic Personal Health Information) covered by HIPAA.


This applies to facilities operated by the NCSA Health Care Component, such as, the Advanced Computational Health Enclave.


NCSA will track approvals and changes made to the applicable environment, keeping records for 6 years or from the inception of the program. Each step of the following workflows is approved by a member of the NCSA Health Care Component while logged in with their personal credentials, and each approval send emails to the approver and other relevant parties.

Adding/Removing Personnel with Physical Access

The building manager has the only physical key and can use it to allow access for emergency personnel or if the electronic access control mechanism is broken. In these cases, they log access after wards with a ticket assigned to the HIPAA liaison subject "Emergency Access for HIPAA Enclave". This tells who was let in, when, and why. No one is left unescorted if they are not part of the covered entity.

All other access is made with an electronic control that identifies each person individually. People given electronic access must be a part of the covered entity. The workflow for granting access is as follows.

  1. Request is submitted by the building manager on behalf of a staff member with the reason for the request.
  2. The HIPAA liaison checks that they are in the covered entity and approves or rejects the request.
  3. The building manager adds the person to the access control list.
  4. The workflow is closed by the building manager.

The process for removing access can be triggered either via a role change from staff to non-staff (e.g., during the employee exit process), or at the request of the HIPAA liaison.

  1. Request is submitted and goes to the HIPAA liaison for approval.
  2. Building manager receives approved request and removes access.
  3. Building manager closes the ticket. (If not closed within 24 hours or creation, Security Office is alerted)

Providing Access for non-Emergency Maintenance

Maintenance requests start with the building manager who works with Facilities & Services. The process for non-emergency maintenance is as follows.

  1. The building manager submits a request with a description of the maintenance request.
  2. The HIPAA liaison approves or rejects the request.
  3. If approved, the building manager submits a work order to F&S.
  4. The building manager provides an escort(s) who is a part of the covered entity who stays with the maintenance person while in the secured area.
  5. After the work is completed, the building manager records when it was completed and by whom.
  6. The workflow is closed by the building manager.

Physical Security in a Disaster

Modifying Physical Security Controls

Moving Equipment with ePHI

Sanitizing Media for Removal


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