Security Prescription: Take Note of New HIPAA Rules

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Changes are afoot in the health care industry. New HIPAA regulations were unveiled last month to ramp up patients’ privacy and access rights. One of the important new patient access rights is that individuals can now request a copy of their electronic medical records to be sent, well, electronically. I don’t know about you, but long ago my doctors traded in clipboards and pens for computers, iPads and mobile devices, capturing my personal health information via a simple, touchscreen interface. So, it only makes sense that as individuals we should be able to access our electronically stored personal medical data and play a more active role in how our medical-related information is communicated and managed.

The new HIPAA regulations also introduce increased penalties for HIPAA noncompliance. With data breaches continuing to make headlines, the penalty for negligence in protecting health information (PHI) now carries a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per violation.

From an individual’s perspective the new HIPAA regulations are excellent news.  Now it is mandated that we can easily get a copy of our own medical records, while at the same time organizations are being held increasingly accountable for protecting this sensitive information.

The new HIPAA rules also mean that health care organizations must have a secure file sharing and transfer method in place for sharing medical records with patients or risk paying the price in terms of hefty HIPAA fines .

Many of the leading healthcare organizations already use Accellion secure file sharing to ensure HIPAA compliance.  Read more about how one of the top U.S. hospitals turned to Accellion to boost data security, share vast amounts of information, and support ongoing HIPAA compliance.

If your organization hasn’t had a secure file sharing health checkup in the past year, please contact us for a confidential review of your current systems.  We are here to help.

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