Medical Practice Hipaa Compliance

Written by Dina Kayed
Bookmark and Share

After the establishment of new rules concerning patient information privacy, hospital administrators and staff had to cope with significant changes in the way that they worked. A completely new system was introduced for the documentation of patients' information. Computers and electronic files replaced paperwork to a large degree, and the entire process was elevated to a more professional and accurate level.

Applying HIPAA Regulations to Medical Institutions

HIPAA set rules for this new system also; it limited the access to patients' information by setting a code for each system where only those who are concerned are allowed to access the system. The doctor and anyone else who uses the computer will be given different passwords to guarantee that information stays secret.

Patients have been given new and expanded rights under the HIPAA federal law. They now have the right to obtain a copy of their medical records, which was previously not allowed. They also now have the right to know who has access to their private information. Tough punishments have been set out for those who might be tempted to use their positions to breach the confidentiality and secrecy of patients' medical records and information.

A patient's health and medical information, according to current HIPAA regulations, is only to be used for the purpose of treatment or medical billing. HIPAA guidelines have provided all parties with security. When correctly applied, a patient's right to privacy will be preserved, and administrators will not be exposed to the danger of a lawsuit or any future employment problems as a result of their access to patient records. Staying compliant means staying legally covered.

Bookmark and Share