A few things to ponder when assessing whether not your non-interfaced data is HIPAA compliant:
Is a fax of a patient’s lab results
sitting at a nurse’s station safe?
Hopefully, yes, but in reality, no...
It couldn’t happen to us.
I doubt anyone still feels that a HIPAA breach is impossible in their organization. Results speak louder than words.
A quick search reveals that every year there is a large number of breaches in the US. There is no doubt these organizations know the threat of HIPAA breaches have taken some number of steps to protect against a breach but there is always more that could have been done to reduce/eliminate the exposure.
I was just listening to a webinar by a reputable Health IT vendor the other day on visual security and privacy risks in healthcare. As my company offers many ways to help with the challenges that healthcare organizations face with keeping PHI protected, I was interested in hearing what another solutions provider had to say.
I was rather surprised when the speaker mentioned keeping faxes and print outs further behind the counter so that others cannot easily see or take them.
When it comes to security and PHI for hospitals, it’s best to keep out of the news headlines…
In talking with our healthcare partners these days, a lot of our conversations tend to move toward security, and more specifically, securing PHI. With the recent cyber-attacks on healthcare organizations making headlines and resulting in complete shutdowns of hospital IT systems, you can understand how this is a priority.