To keep patient information safe, experts recommend using cutting-edge hardware and software, personalizing the challenge for employees and reminding them of data-hygiene basics. An information technology partner that will manage your on-site systems and perform updates on a regular basis is as important as your insurance provider is to your practice.
In the event of a data breach physicians may have to inform HHS, law enforcement and the media, as well as any patients who may have been affected.
Suspected breaches also should trigger calls to your IT staff, lawyer and insurer. An alarming number of violations have been the result of inappropriate use of social media by doctors or staff rather than hacking or aggressive data breaching.
When I took over Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery last year, one of my goals was not only to deliver great results and care, but also to acknowledge the technological advancements that could make communicating with patients easier, enhance the care I provide, and simplify processes for my nurses.
Whether you practice in a small private practice, a commercial setting, or a large hospital-based institution, Windows withdrawal of support for Windows XP as of April 8, 2014 needs to be seriously addressed by you or your organization.
According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, health information is not individually identifiable if it does not identify an individual and if the covered entity has no reasonable basis to believe that it can be used to identify an individual.