One of my favorite websites is PersonCenteredTech.com . This is where I learn so much about HIPAA rules as it concerns technology. As therapists, we all need to keep ourselves up-to-date on how to keep our patient information safe, and this site helps you do it.
Take a look here to get a free guide to how to keep your smartphone safe. You’ll be glad you did.
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Sometimes it seems like a full-time job to keep up with HIPAA. On January 25, 2013 the Department of Health and Human Services published its Final Rule, and one of its requirements is that certain changes be made to a “covered entity’s” Notice of Privacy Practices by September 23, 2013.
For a great summary of what is required, take a look at this article by David Jensen, JD, one of the staff attorneys for CAMFT. It’s very helpful.
After being in practice for 30 years, I am a big fan of being paperless whenever possible. Otherwise, I think I’d be at risk by now of being buried by cartons of old files and other records. But if you’re going to go paperless, you must back up!
First of all, we have a professional responsibility to keep our client records, and that is literally part of the standard of care. Licensing boards don’t want to hear that your hard drive crashed and you lost the patient records. Secondly, for our own peace of mind, we need to know that our data is safe from equipment error. Continue reading →
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