How to Charge Patients for Copies of their Medical Images, According to HIPAA

If you've been following our blog, you know by now that providing patients with electronic access to their medical images is much cheaper and more efficient than burning and delivering a CD. Giving patients online access to their images also brings many additional marketing benefits for your practice and easier access for your patients. However, there's still a cost for this service, though minimal in comparison to providing CDs. In either case, an increasing number of providers are integrating a HIPAA prescribed cost-based fee to help cover the expenses incurred by providing patients with copies of their images.

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Topics: patient medical images, patient access, HIPAA,

Is Dropbox HIPAA Compliant for Medical Imaging?

If you’ve ever thought of sharing medical images or any other Protected Health Information (PHI) using Dropbox, you have probably asked yourself: "Is Dropbox HIPAA compliant for medical imaging." Dropbox is one of the most popular file sharing services and is on millions of desktop computers around the world. But just because you use it for many of your other tasks, does not mean you should use Dropbox for medical image storage. Here are 4 reasons to be careful when using Dropbox as your medical imaging solution...

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Topics: Compliance, HIPAA,, medical imaging access, Sharing, access, mobility of medical imaging

Still Mailing Patient Records? You Could Be Fined Upwards Of $1M!

When I was growing up, my parents had a traditional mailbox in front of their house. It was an aluminum box painted with flowers that sat upon a wooden post. I can still recall looking out the window and knowing that the mail person had come and gone because the outgoing flag was no longer raised. Today, the cutesy mailboxes are a thing of the past. In fact, their mass exodus has led to the influx of boxes that have physical lock and keys. Why? Not to be dramatic, but it’s because your mail is not safe, and if you are sending or receiving medical records and images through that very mailbox, you’re at great risk.

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Topics: Compliance, HIPAA,, Mailing Records

HIPAA vs GDPR – What Do I Need To Know?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) is like HIPAA...and then some. In fact, if you thought HIPAA had high fines, the revised GDPR will give you a run for your money. So, do yourself a favor and take the precautions necessary to abide by these new regulations, which are set to go into effect on May 25, 2018....

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Topics: HIPAA,, GDPR

HIPAA Compliance With Sharing Medical Images

The sharing of medical images is something that has and always will be a critical aspect of patient care. The information that medical imaging can provide is extremely valuable. If it is not provided in time, it can very possible lead to a delay in diagnosis, which in very severe cases can mean life or death. Without getting overly dramatic, we want to press the importance of good sharing methods that won’t get you in trouble. That’s right, if you are still faxing, burning CDs and DVDs, or parceling your images...think again.

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Topics: Image sharing, HIPAA,

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