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Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Notice of Privacy Practices

If a patient acknowledges receipt of a Notice of Privacy Practices when admitted to a Hospital, does the Hospital-owned outpatient pharmacy using the same electronic software have to provide a second Notice and obtain patient acknowledgement again? Can the original notice cover all outpatient departments under Hospital ownership?

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Implementations with external services & Testing

When implementing external services with clients (such as exposing an API to external clients), are there any HIPAA rules/regulations around testing the implementation in a non-prod environment before going live in production? Are there any concerns with PHI or security with testing an implementation (of say an API with an external client) directly in a production environment?

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'Medical Info' field in attendance mobile app

We are working on a mobile app that tracks attendance for fitness instructors/martial arts schools. Instructors can create classes and save their students in them. Part of the data entered for a student includes a field called Med Info, which would be along the sorts "Has asthma" or "Allergic to peanuts" just to give general examples. This is done so instructors can be prepared and aware of any health conditions with ...more »

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Providers feed PHI to your system, does this mean you are a BA?

You have an app to manage chronic care that is primarily driven by the patient and requires patient persmission to share any data, but where providers can enter some data, such as messages, or some information related to the patient's medication. The system is offered independently from a covered entity. Just because providers enter some PHI in the system, are you seen as a BA covered, or you are not a BA as long as ...more »

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Does the name of a Health Insurance company constitute PHI?

Does having identifiable information of a person and the name of the health insurance company they are enrolled in (or name of other covered entity) constitute a PHI record? 1. Would a text message sent to an individual that includes the name of their health insurance company (but no other health information) be subject to HIPAA regulations? 2. Would a text message sent to an individual that includes the name of their ...more »

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HIPAA E-Signature Requirements

We are a small organization starting up a tele-health initiative. We would like to deliver a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices electronically and have patients acknowledge receipt via check box prior to completing our online intake forms. This method is used for acceptance when one downloads software online. We are having a difficult time understanding the requirements for this. Can it be a check box and/or typed ...more »

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virtual job board interpreter services

Healthcare providers place requests for interpreter services on a web portal that the state agency leases from a private vendor. Interpreters then log into the web portal to fish for appointments. They can access the web portal from their computers or mobile devices and do so frequently at public places such as coffee houses, libraries, waiting rooms, etc. where there is no expectation of privacy. All appointments are ...more »

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How to handle old emails

I'm a web designer and have a client who has recently become hipaa compliant concerning his handling of email. He needed me to search his old emails from about 6 years ago for a certain file. Though he no longer uses that email address, the emails were still in webhosts database, and they were never hipaa compliant. He was wondering if he should just delete those old emails, since they are not hipaa compliant we thought ...more »

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Is a BAA required with SMS service

If my provider is communicating PHI and non-PHI with patients through a 3rd party SMS service, such as Twilio, would my provider be required to sign a BAA with an SMS service company or such a company be classified as a conduit? We are sending encrypted data to the SMS service which is then sending unencrypted SMSs to patients. Patients can then potentially respond to those SMSs via unencrypted SMS which would be directed ...more »

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