Protecting patient privacy is essential to any healthcare facility that wants to stay in business. In this era of electronic medical records (EMR) and health information exchanges (HIE), keeping patient information safe from the nefarious and the just plain nosy is difficult but not impossible. Small dental and medical practices have to ensure that they’re HIPAA compliant the same as large hospitals and medical centers do. So, if you run a small dental or medical practice, ask yourself: Are the IT solutions I use HIPAA compliant?
If your answer to the above question is yes, then you’re fine. If your answer to the above question is no, then you – and your patients – have a problem that needs to be solved ASAP.
If your answer to the above question is, “I don’t know,” here are three things you can check to help you determine if your practice is indeed HIPAA compliant.
If you can’t give definite answers to those questions, chances are your dental or medical practice’s IT systems are not HIPAA compliant. And that’s no small matter. Besides personal health histories, patients’ medical records also include their home addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. If someone’s identity were to get stolen because of lax security measures in your office, it could not only cost you a lot of money but also your practice and your reputation.
If you are committed to the success of your dental or medical practice, make sure you do whatever it takes to get your practice HIPAA compliant before something unfortunate happens.
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