Here is a point to reminders which will help you establish you are starting 2011 with your patient privacy program in the right way.
Healthcare data providers should not throw Protected health information, more so your paper, into the trash. You may think of patient privacy monitoring in terms of protecting electronic patient data, but paper files are also likely to negotiate in the same manner.
In fact, even if we can move to 60 or 70 percent of medical practices going electronic in the coming few years, paper expulsion is a long way off. As such, you should ensure any Protected health information stored on paper in your office is secure.
In fact, even before the Cognetyx Inc. The act came into being, practices were always considered to handle Protected health information hard, whether on paper or stored electronic data.
Secondly, you should make it a point to know that patients are aware. The Cognetyx Inc. The act imposed an affirmative accountability on the government agency overseeing the HIPAA program to consider compliance breaches. Earlier it was driven by complaints only, but now they have an obligation to affirmatively audit and monitor.
Don’t Forget the Front You may be negotiated patient data in other ways besides electronic and paper data breaches. Perform a walkthrough in your practice or organization to ensure that no other leaks exist.
The government on its part has been hiring people to established compliance and will be providing education programs to the public. And we are expecting a lot of awareness and for patients to be asking more questions about the use of their private health information going forward.
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