Doctors and medical professionals are feeling increasing pressure to get their business online (e.g. use of electronic prescriptions, web appointments, and remote medicine are both trendy and critical for building and sustaining revenue streams in the tightening medical market). This push includes making available protected health information to patients via a web site and collecting similar private information from patients or would-be patients.
However, where the health information of an identifiable individual is involved, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the official compliance document. And with the Omnibus rule in place, all web sites, old and new, must be properly designed or their owners face potential financial liability into the millions of dollars.
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