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Are Prescription Notifications HIPAA-Compliant?

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

It is common to receive calls and text messages from pharmacies reminding us that it is time to pick up or renew our prescriptions for drugs or other medical items. Have you ever wondered if these prescription notifications are HIPAA-compliant?

Just because every pharmacy seems to send them, it doesn’t mean they are aware of the compliance requirements. Let’s look into the context and learn how to remind patients of prescription refills and appointments securely.

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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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