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Phoning it in HIPAA compliant?

 

Question:
Hi Jennifer, 
With summer in full swing I plan to be away with my family.  Can I use my cell to call, text and email with patients?
Thanks, Dr. F
Answer:
Absolutely, but be careful.  HIPAA does not restrict communications by device, but does require you (as a covered entity) to implement technical, physical and administrative safeguards in your patient communications, in whichever medium.  By cell, some simple guidelines to start with -
make sure your phone is password protected if you have patient info on it
make sure remote wipe is activated
use the locator functionality in case you lose your phone
control who else may have access to your phone
do not speak with identifying information or sensitive information in a public place 
consider disclosing you are on a cell phone at the start of the call  
and, enjoy your time away

Provided by:  Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

June 27, 2018

 

Question:

Hi Jennifer, 

With summer in full swing I plan to be away with my family.  Can I use my cell to call, text and email with patients?

Thanks, Dr. F

Answer:

Absolutely, but be careful.  HIPAA does not restrict communications by device, but does require you (as a covered entity) to implement technical, physical and administrative safeguards in your patient communications, in whichever medium.  By cell, some simple guidelines to start with -
 

  • make sure your phone is password protected if you have patient info on it
  • make sure remote wipe is activated
  • use the locator functionality in case you lose your phone
  • control who else may have access to your phone
  • do not speak with identifying information or sensitive information in a public place 
  • consider disclosing you are on a cell phone at the start of the call  


and, enjoy your time away!


Looking for the KK Healthcare Exchange?  Click Here. 

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Looking for HIPAA and compliance forms?  
Click here to visit our website.
Have a question or comment for Jennifer?
Contact Jennifer at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com or  at (516) 747-6700 x. 302.
Interested in having Jennifer speak at an event or
at a residency/fellowship program?
Contact Jennifer directly at (516) 747-6700 x. 302 or at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com
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Phoning it in HIPAA compliant? -June 28, 2018

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Phoning it in HIPAA compliant?

 

Question:
Hi Jennifer, 
With summer in full swing I plan to be away with my family.  Can I use my cell to call, text and email with patients?
Thanks, Dr. F
Answer:
Absolutely, but be careful.  HIPAA does not restrict communications by device, but does require you (as a covered entity) to implement technical, physical and administrative safeguards in your patient communications, in whichever medium.  By cell, some simple guidelines to start with -
make sure your phone is password protected if you have patient info on it
make sure remote wipe is activated
use the locator functionality in case you lose your phone
control who else may have access to your phone
do not speak with identifying information or sensitive information in a public place 
consider disclosing you are on a cell phone at the start of the call  
and, enjoy your time away

Provided by:  Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

June 27, 2018

 

Question:

Hi Jennifer, 

With summer in full swing I plan to be away with my family.  Can I use my cell to call, text and email with patients?

Thanks, Dr. F

Answer:

Absolutely, but be careful.  HIPAA does not restrict communications by device, but does require you (as a covered entity) to implement technical, physical and administrative safeguards in your patient communications, in whichever medium.  By cell, some simple guidelines to start with -
 

  • make sure your phone is password protected if you have patient info on it
  • make sure remote wipe is activated
  • use the locator functionality in case you lose your phone
  • control who else may have access to your phone
  • do not speak with identifying information or sensitive information in a public place 
  • consider disclosing you are on a cell phone at the start of the call  


and, enjoy your time away!


Looking for the KK Healthcare Exchange?  Click Here. 

MISSED OUR RECENT WEBINARS?  CLICK HERE ANYTIME!
Looking for HIPAA and compliance forms?  
Click here to visit our website.
Have a question or comment for Jennifer?
Contact Jennifer at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com or  at (516) 747-6700 x. 302.
Interested in having Jennifer speak at an event or
at a residency/fellowship program?
Contact Jennifer directly at (516) 747-6700 x. 302 or at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com
Click here to learn about
K&K's Prepaid Legal Audit/Investigation Defense Now!