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HIPAA’s New Guidance on Texting and Emailing with Patients

HIPAA's New Guidance on Texting and Emailing with Patients

  Duration: 90 Minutes

Faculty: Brian Tuttle      Level: Intermediate      Course ID: 1168


One errant email or text message can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in HIPAA fines and penalties and it doesn’t matter who you’re communicating with: patients, staff, providers or with insurance carriers.
A violation is a violation. And if you think it couldn’t happen to you, think again. Text and email HIPAA violations are not always caused by what you might think. For example, you may think you are safe as long as you don’t text patients – you’re wrong. Many violations generally occur between providers messaging their staff. You can avoid getting hit with a HIPAA audit and violations with a few simple changes to your current processes. But you have to be able to identify the danger zones.

National HIPAA expert, Brian, will walk you through how to escape being hit with HIPAA emailing and texting violations. Brian is conducting an online training session that will provide you with the proven strategies you need to stay out HIPAA hot water, HIPAA Compliance: Avoid Text/Email Danger Zones – you’ll be surprised by what can land you in serious trouble.

Why Should you Attend:

Confused by what you can and can’t transmit under HIPAA? Don’t always believe what you read online about HIPAA, especially as it relates to encryption and IT, there are a lot of groups selling more than is necessarily required. It is important to understand the new changes going on at Health and Human Services as it relates to enforcement of HIPAA for both covered entities and business associates as it relates to portable devices, texting, and emailing of PHI.

You need to know how to avoid being low hanging fruit in terms of audit risk as well as being sued by individuals who have had their PHI wrongfully discloses due to bad IT practices. I have also been expert witness on multiple court cases where a business or medical practice is being sued for not doing their due diligence to minimize risk. These day’s trial attorney’s pose a higher risk than the Federal government.

Areas Covered:

  • Updates
  • Emailing of PHI
  • Texting of PHI
  • BYOD
  • Portable Devices
  • Doctors and Texting
  • Practical Solutions
  • Business Associates and the increased burden
  • Federal Audit Process

Who Will Benefit:

  • Privacy Officer
  • Physicians
  • Doctors
  • MD’s
  • Hospital Staff
  • All Medical Company Staff
  • HIPAA Leadership
  • Privacy Managers
  • Compliance Officer/ Managers
  • HIM Director/Managers
  • Interim Privacy Officers

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