As a medical provider, how often do you think about the impact of HIPAA on your standard policies and procedures? Are you handling protected health information according to guidelines? Or are you putting data and information in compromising situations daily?
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the five most common compliance issues investigated include:
Impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information
Lack of safeguards when dealing with protected health information
Lack of patient access to their protected health information
Lack of administrative safeguards when dealing with protected health information
Lack of technical safeguards when dealing with protected health information
As a response, the American Medical Association has created a Patient Records Electronic Access Playbook to aid in helping medical professionals define the roles they have in sharing and safeguarding patient health records.