Since Congress passed HIPAA in 1996, regulations addressing the use of technology for transmitting or storing health information data have changed. That's because the technology itself is constantly changing.
"Healthcare is not operating in the same environment it did just five years ago," observes Ericka Adler, partner, at Roetzel & Andress. Some examples include the usage of cell phones, the establishment of patient portals, etc. "Policies and procedures used by practices should reflect the usage of new technologies and updated to insure compliance," she adds.
David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, urges practices to "aim for more than just being compliant." He explains practices need to be proactive and take advantages of the many seminars and on-line information that is available regarding data compliance.
Here are eight tips to help practices effectively deal with changing environment of data security compliance.
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