First Things First: A Brief HIPAA Breakdown
HHS Privacy Rule
HHS Security Rule
HHS Enforcement Rule
HHS Breach Notification Rule
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Now, Let’s Dive Into the HIPAA Requirements
Step #1: Relationships Matter
Step #2: Consumer Warnings Matter
- The inherent limitations of electronic communication, including possible breach of privacy or confidentiality issues; and
- The difficulty in verifying the identity of the parties when texting or emailing and the potential impact of delayed responses.
Step #3: Patient Expectations Matter
Step #4: Playground Rules Don’t Matter
Step #5: Encryption Matters
HIPAA Is Complex, but Email and Text Needn’t Be
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