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Resource Overview

The Office for Civil Right's new HIPAA random audit program is in effect and significantly increases enforcement procedures following breaches, Health Centers need to ensure that their organization is fully complying with HIPAA regulations while at the same time providing systems that meet modern health information sharing and communication requirements that allow for increaseed continuity of care.  

Health Centers will need the right privacy protections for health information, and the necessary documented policies and procedures per HIPAA regulations, as well as documentation of actions taken per the policies of their organization. The resources in this section provide best practices, strategies and templates for better understanding nuances of HIPAA regulations and how they pertain to a Health Center's specific setting.

HIPAA Resources
The CIO’s Guide to HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging

The CIO’s Guide to HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging

An article from Impravata

This whitepaper from Impravata provides an overview of the HIPAA and electronic PHI risks related to texting and messaging important for health center leadership and IT managers to understand in making organizational decisions for their site.

From the Impravata article summary : "The risks associated with sending Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) via unencrypted text messaging are significant, especially given the climate of rising enforcement of compliance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. However, there is high demand amongst healthcare providers to use text messaging as a fast, convenient way to communicate and collaborate with colleagues."

Health Centers can leverage key steps provided in this white paper that their site can take to enable clinicians to use text messaging while ensuring that HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements are met.

Steps outlined by Impravata include:

  • Step 1 - Policy: Establish an organizational policy
  • Step 2 - Product: Identify an appropriate text messaging solution
  • Step 3 - Practice: Implement and actively managing the text messaging solution
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This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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