With the HITECH Act giving HIPAA regulatory teeth, hospitals need to be concerned about doctors, nurses and other clinicians communicating about protected health information (PHI) in a non-compliant fashion. A single non-compliant message could lead to a fine of up to $1.5 million.
According to HealthcareITNews, nearly 31.4 million people have had their PHI compromised since 2009. These breaches have resulted in $25.1 million in fines against hospitals for violating the privacy and security rules. While many of these fines were levied due to security incidents such as stolen laptops and data breaches, the threat is real for communicating on your personal device about PHI. Simply texting information to a colleague about a patient can lead to a significant fine.
How can you be sure that your technology and processes promote true HIPAA compliance for your hospital? Read on for three major keys...
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