Patient Access to Data: Too Much Information? Maybe Not. Improving Your EMR

Patient Access to Data: Too Much Information? Maybe Not. Improving Your EMR

How much patient information can you share with…your patient? And does your support staff know the answer? Patients’ access to their own health information is a cornerstone of HIPAA, the intent of which is to protect the privacy and security of identifiable health information. However, HIPAA has generated plenty of confusion as to who has access to what. As a result, practice administrators might be gun-shy around HIPAA to the point where they might not let patients access their own...

These HIPAA Issues Can Trip You Up, or Worse, Land You in Court

HIPAA violations abound. In October, AHMC Healthcare in Alhambra, Calif., reported that health information on 729,000 patients was compromised due to the theft of two laptops. Last year, an Arizona physician agreed to pay $100,000 to HHS to settle a HIPAA violation case. HHS’s Office for Civil Rights found that Phoenix Cardiac Surgery had few policies and procedures to comply with HIPAA and limited safeguards to protect electronic patient health information. And last month, two employees from an Arizona medical...