The Affordable Care Act mandated that patient records be kept online in order to make healthcare providers’ access to them—and the ability to pass them easily among care providers to save the patient time—has been a rocky implementation at best. Putting patient records online has made them more vulnerable to cyber attacks, which leads to serious issues of HIPAA compliance.
Modern Medicine has put together a great list of ways to keep your practice or hospital on the up-and-up and ahead of potential 2016 HIPAA audits. Specifically, some of these tips include ensuring you have the capability to provide a patient with a copy of their electronic medical records within 30 days of their request, and limiting inappropriate access to these records—not only from potential cyber attacks, but even from employees who shouldn’t be reviewing them.
You can read more of the tips in this article.