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Can You Send ePHI in Insecure Emails and Texts with Mutual Consent?

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Email and text messaging are among the most common forms of business communication. However, if you are sending ePHI, regular texts and emails are off limits! If you are subject to HIPAA regulations, you will need mutual consent from your patients before sending ePHI insecurely via these methods.

This may seem frustrating because text and email are easy and switching to a secure service can feel like a lot of work. However, when ePHI is mishandled it can have significant repercussions. Personal information can be stolen, made public, and even used in fraud.

Text messaging and normal email carry significant risks to ePHI, because they aren’t designed to be secure. While it is best to only send ePHI over secure services, there may be instances where the patient wants to communicate over these insecure methods. Because of the risks, your organization needs signed mutual consent waivers to proceed with insecure communication.

Does HIPAA Allow Mutual Consent?

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The CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule is a mouthful, but it’s also an important step for improving how health data is accessed and shared. While the rule may be beneficial in certain ways, it’s not without its risks. It opens up the door for patient data to be shared with third-party app developers outside of the tight confines of HIPAA regulations, which could lead to more breaches of sensitive data.

CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule

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