HIPAA regulation: The myths around integrating compliance and patient care

HITECH Answers

March 15, 2016

Keeping healthcare information flowing to the right people, at the right time, creates the potential for more effective patient care and population health management. However, a greater number of moving parts also means greater risk. With personal health data moving more frequently through an increasing variety of digital channels, the complexity of communicating in a secure manner as mandated by HIPAA regulations is more important than ever, as is the risk to the confidentiality and integrity of patient data.

Within the healthcare industry, HIPAA is known to be intricate and difficult to navigate on the path to compliance. I’ve found that many physicians and allied healthcare professionals don’t have a solid understanding of HIPAA in terms of what’s required and how it can help to actually improve patient care. We’ve debunked a few of the most common myths.

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