HIPAA Compliance Checklist
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 6.6.13
Using an EMR (electronic medical records) program can help your organization maintain HIPAA compliance: for example, PIMSY EMR has an automatic log-off feature that can be set to your specifications. PIMSY also offers security profiles so you can control exactly what staff members can see and do within the system and give them access only to certain records.
Regardless of what your EMR might offer, practices should always conduct company and system wide HIPAA compliance testing and training to ensure that compliance is maintained. Click here for a printable sample checklist that provides a good idea of things to consider, such as:
- a fax cover page that goes out with all documents letting the recipients know that the information being sent is confidential and needs to be handled under HIPAA privacy guidelines.
- “remember to log off” stickers placed at every workstation to remind staff members to restrict access to any confidential materials before leaving their desks.
We’ll be delving into HIPAA compliance in according with the 2013 Omnibus Rulings in future posts, but this should give you a good idea of preparing your office and staff for compliance checks.
Leigh-Ann Renz is the Marketing & Business Development Director of PIMSY mental health pratice management system.