HIPAA and Regulatory Compliance
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Does fax comply with HIPAA and other regulatory mandates?
U.S. HIPAA regulations require healthcare organizations to be more efficient and to run their organizations more securely to enhance patient service and ensure the privacy and security of private personal health information (PHI). Similar legislation specific to patient data exists in other countries such as Ontario, Canada's Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) of 2004; Section 60 of the UK's Health and Social Care Act of 2001; France's Medical Privacy Act, Article L1110-4 of 2002; or Spain's Basic Law 41/200 of 2002. More general data privacy legislation in many countries also applies to patient information such as the European Union's Directive on Data Protection (95/46/EC), which is embodied in member countries' national legislation.
Does digital faxing support HIPAA compliance?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services FAQ page:
"Yes. The Privacy Rule allows covered health care providers to share protected health information for treatment purposes without patient authorization, as long as they use reasonable safeguards when doing so. These treatment communications may occur orally or in writing, by phone, fax, e-mail, or otherwise."
- A laboratory may fax, or communicate over the phone, a patient's medical test results to a physician.
- A physician may mail or fax a copy of a patient's medical record to a specialist who intends to treat the patient.
- A hospital may fax a patient's health care instructions to a nursing home to which the patient is to be transferred.
An OpenText white paper provides a brief overview of HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are using healthcare IT to assist with compliance. It discusses network faxing, explores some of the advantages of implementing a network fax solution to support HIPAA compliance initiatives, and introduces OpenText RightFax as a flexible tool for improving the security and overall efficiency of document transmission processes. [Download now]