The US-american "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act" of 1996 (HIPAA) is Public Law 104-191, which was enacted on August 21, 1996.

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Is encrypted email doctor/patient communication required by HIPAA, HITECH or Meaningful Use

I want to point out, from the start, that I know all about the Direct Project and I am huge fan of work to provide easy-to-use standards based secure email for doctor-patient communication. I am not ...
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Is downloading a PDF from a browser-based app locally a HIPAA issue?

Here's a scenario: An intranet CPOE application User runs a report, which downloads as a PDF and opens in Acrobat on the local PC User leaves the PC without logging out or closing Acrobat CPOE ...
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Can a Patient's Name, Birth Date, and Study date be sent in a plain text email to a referring doc?

I participate in a mailing list where the following question was asked, without satisfactory feedback, and am interested in the correct answer. Several referring physicians have requested that an ...
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Can PHI be HIPAA compliant on a cloud?

I have read conflicting information on whether PHI can be stored and delivered on a cloud in a HIPAA compliant manner. I hear many people saying you cannot share infrastructure and be HIPAA compliant. ...
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What solution is compliant with HIPAA for for web-based electronic digital signatures?

I'm interested in having physicians digitally sign pdf documents we create, in a HIPAA-compliant manner. Ideally, there would be an open-source solution, but I'm also willing to consider a digital ...
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Is accession number+service (CPT code)+date of service considered PHI (protected health information) under HIPAA?

Imagine you are designing a system that's comprised of overdue worklists for doctors (e.g., Doctor X you have 3 overdue studies to look at). In the notification, you identify the studies they have to ...
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What is the term to use when logging an event where a user downloads or prints PHI?

My application logs accesses to PHI. I need to add a log item for things like downloading and printing. Is there a general term that I can use to describe these events? I'm thinking something like ...
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Does marketing data trigger HIPAA Privacy?

If I was a marketing firm who provides an analysis on visitor statistics from anonymous members who then ties that in to a CRM to track conversions, what do I have to do to the data to ensure that ...
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Creating a “key server” (HIPAA compliance with AWS)

I'm a part of a small company that is going to be implementing HIPAA compliance. We will be seeking legal counsel, etc so anything heard here will not be taken as legal advice, etc. I just want to ...
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HIPAA compliance without PII

I have a web site where people fill medical syndrome questioners. They can see how their condition changes during the time period. I am not storing ANY PII information, just user name. I can store in ...
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What is a reasonable approach for deidentifying data?

I have been asked by a client to deidentify the PHI data in their database and I'm either over-simplifying the process or my client is overly paranoid. Perhaps you can tell me which is the case. ...
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Is Google Analytics HIPAA compliant? How can I find out?

I'd really like to implement Google Analytics at my work on web software that is required to be HIPAA compliant. But I'm wondering if it's against the rules. Does anyone know how I can find out? I've ...
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Is having theoretical access to PHI a HIPAA breach, even if no one accesses it?

This is an entirely hypothetical question. Lets say a clinic has a computer in their waiting room for checking email, surfing the web etc. while patients wait. Lets also assume whoever signed this up ...
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Is there an explicit standard for protected health info security similar to the one for the Payment Card Industry (PCI)?

See the following for dealing with credit information: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/ Does a similar standard exist for PHI? Is one being developed?
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Do HIPAA Security Officers face personal liability for breaches?

The role of HIPAA Security Officer is very important in maintaining compliance. In smaller organizations, there's overlap in employees' roles, so the person that ends up as the HIPAA Security Officer ...
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What are best practices to adhering to HIPAA encryption requirements?

As HIPAA's language is somewhat vague when it comes to actual technical requirements, what are best practices for PHI encryption for HIPAA compliance? I've seen varying levels at different ...
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HIPAA compliance in web forums?

If a website has a private forum (membership is not free) where people may ask health questions and paid Doctors are around to answer them, do normal HIPAA compliance rules apply? In any forum, ...