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HIPAA Question of the Week - Email

Wednesday, February 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AOA
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Question: Does HIPAA prevent practices from e-mailing patients?

Answer: No, HIPAA does not prevent physicians or practices from using any form of communication, including e-mail. You do need to take “reasonable and appropriate” safeguards to make sure and PHI information is protected (e.g. encryption or a patient portal). Remember HIPAA is there for the protection of a patients PHI, not to prevent communication between a patient and physician.

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