If you use email as a means of communicating medical and/or mental health data to appropriate parties, you must also ensure that information is well safeguarded. The security risks for email commonly include unauthorized interception of messages en route to recipients, messages being delivered to unauthorized recipients, and messages being accessed inappropriately when in storage. These risks in using the internet are addressed in the Security Rule’s technical safeguards section.
If your office is using email and you are unsure if it is compliant give us a call. Our resident HIPAA expert Bud Jones can discuss your email application with you and make recommendations on getting your email compliant. If you are using free email services such as yahoo, aol, or any other free email account in your office you most likely are not compliant.
Call Us At 228-284-4951 to discuss your options.