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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 Health Center CIO’s Guide to HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging

The Health Center CIO’s Guide to HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging

2018 Updates on Methods for Successful Electronic Patient Engagement

This slide deck provides health centers with information and a presentation template overview of the HIPAA and electronic PHI risks related to texting and messaging that are important for health center leadership and IT managers to understand in making organizational decisions for these types of tools.

 

Key considerations covered within this slide deck:

  • Important to understand new changes to enforcement of HIPAA as it relates to portable devices, texting, and emailing of PHI.
  • HIPAA privacy and security rules need not act as an obstacle to texting, but compliance requires planning and diligence.
  • All forms of communication involve some level of risk. Text messaging merely represents a different set of risks that, like other communication technologies, needs to be managed appropriately to ensure both privacy and security of the information exchanged.

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Intended AudienceHealth Center Leadership, CIO, OSI Office Staff

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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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