Tuesday, April 30, 2013

HHS Tools to Educate Consumers about HIPAA Privacy

A number of consumers are unfamiliar with their rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Civil Rights (OCR) has released several new tools to educate not only consumers but health care providers.

HHS has produced FAQs in multiple languages that compliment videos released earlier in 2013.

"OCR has posted a series of factsheets, available in eight languages, to inform consumers about their rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule." -HHS, HealthIT.gov
One point the FAQs and videos mention is that patients have a right to request a report of everyone who has accessed their medical records - what is know as "an accounting of disclosures."

An accounting of disclosures, which can be an daunting task for providers, can now be handled easily with new low-cost on-demand SaaS services.

Download a white paper on accounting of disclosures and patient privacy breach detection. Learn how to proactively identify unauthorized breaches of patient data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) New Tools to Educate Consumers and Providers - HHS, HealthIT.gov, 04/29/2013

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