Privacy

HIPAA lets providers text patients, but is it secure?

As texting between patients and providers becomes more common, its imperative that providers consider the right platform to use and other security features to protect patient data. Texting between doctors and patients has become more commonplace in recent years. But before the two parties start sharing every intimate detail, experts urge providers to take a

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Why Is Providing Patients Access to Records So Challenging?

“Requesting medical records remains a complicated and burdensome process for patients despite policy efforts and regulation to make medical records more readily available to patients,” the researchers noted in the study.The study points to the need for privacy officers, records managers and others to educate hospital staff on what HIPAA requires and make sure that

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Massachusetts HIPAA Case Outlines Series of Missteps

The Massachusetts attorney general’s office on Sept. 20 announced it had smacked UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center with a total of $230,000 in financial penalties as part of a settlement for two separate breach cases affecting a total of 15,000 individuals. Both are part of UMass Memorial Health Care.The cases each

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What Is HIPAAs Role In Disaster Recovery

Business continuity is critical to every organization and every industry – but if you work in healthcare, its even more important. In large part, thats due to HIPAA. Thats not the only reason, though.What happens to your organization in the event of an emergency? If your infrastructure fails due to a natural disaster, how will

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HIPAA-Compliant Email and Messaging

Email platforms such as Microsoft Office 365 remain an important mode of communicating with and sharing information about patients. But is email HIPAA-compliant?The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule governs how healthcare organizations use, disclose and protect patients personal health information. It also covers business associates, including cloud services and email

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