Does Talking About a Patient Violate HIPAA?

One main focus of HIPAA regulations is ensuring the privacy of the protected health information (PHI) of patients. Most people immediately think about the protection and security of PHI in physical or electronic (ePHI) formats, but what about when PHI is verbalized? Does talking about a patient violate HIPAA? If so, what precautions do healthcare providers need to take to avoid breaching [...]

2022-05-20T16:54:27-04:00May 16th, 2022|

Is Signal HIPAA Compliant?

Signal is an open-source free-to-use messaging app that proudly proclaims its security and privacy features. With all of these security and privacy features, the question remains: Is Signal HIPAA compliant? HIPAA Compliant Software Usage Under HIPAA, any application or software company whose product “touches” (creates, receives, maintains, or transmits) protected health information (PHI) is considered to be a business associate. For HIPAA [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:29-04:00April 8th, 2022|

Compliant HIPAA Communications in Healthcare

One of the longest-lasting impacts of the pandemic may be the creation and adoption of alternative communications methods in the healthcare arena. An HHS study released in December 2021 showed 2020 telehealth usage for Medicare patients increased 63-fold over 2019 (840,000 to 52.7 million). Regardless of the method used, communications such as cloud-based VoIP, telehealth, texting, and email in healthcare must comply [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:30-04:00April 1st, 2022|

Are You Leaving HIPAA Compliant Voicemail Messages?

As organizations work to achieve HIPAA compliance, it’s easy to overlook something as seemingly benign as a simple voicemail message. Without a system to leave and receive HIPAA compliant voicemails, healthcare practices or businesses risk violations that may result in substantial fines. Although texting and email have become more dominant, voice messages still play an essential role in communication between healthcare providers, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:35-04:00February 18th, 2022|

Is MyFax HIPAA Compliant?

MyFax offers internet fax solutions, allowing users to send faxes online, by email, or from their phones. There are many benefits to using services such as MyFax rather than using traditional faxes, mainly privacy and security. However, as a business working in healthcare, you must consider whether or not a service is HIPAA compliant before choosing which electronic fax provider to use. So, is MyFax HIPAA [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:51-04:00October 29th, 2021|