Guest Column | February 27, 2014

3 Ways Hospitals Can Help Ensure HIPAA Compliance

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Hospital HIPAA Compliance

By Randy Briley, Director of Healthcare, Motorola Solutions

The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is 13 years old. During that time, the acronym, HIPAA, has become synonymous with patient privacy. Every patient receives the doctor or hospital’s privacy policy during an initial visit and terms like protected health information (PHI) have become part of the everyday healthcare vernacular.

There are as many places for HIPAA violations to occur in a hospital. One potential vulnerable spot is in the mobile technology and wireless network the facility uses to share information among nurses, doctors, staff, and even patients and guests. The use of mobile computers by nurses and personal devices by doctors and guests is going to continue to increase as hospitals seek to improve the quality of patient care and the patient experience. Paying attention to a few simple steps can help keep patient and hospital information secure and save the challenges of reporting and recovering from a breach.

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