Developers and HIPAA

Unencrypted Text without PHI?

Can a provider, or business associate acting on behalf of a provider, send an unencrypted text or email to a patient if the initial message does not contain protected health information and the patient requested the communication?


If so, can the patient give the provider consent to use a third-party mailing service, even if the provider (or business associate of the provider) does not have a business associate agreement in place with with the service?

Tags (If you have a multi-word tag, add a hyphen (-) between the words.)

Who are your customers? Check all that apply : Business associates (operates on behalf of/provides service to health care provider/health plan, e.g., an EHR vendor), Other, General Public, Patients/Individuals/Consumers

What is your organization? : Small company, Trade association


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