This month, in part two of a two-part series, Dr. Shuman continues his conversation with Robert McDermott, president and CEO of iCoreConnect, on the topic of HIPAA compliance and electronic protected health information (ePHI). This column provides greater depth on the required safeguards for HIPAA-compliant management of ePHI, as well as the relative security of cloud-based systems for the dental office.
Electronic records can protect patient files from office catastrophes such as fire or natural disasters, but storing your patient database electronically poses other dangers. In a story that is becoming all too familiar, a Minnesota dentist learned this the hard way after his patient data was held hostage by computer hackers.
Technological advances have given healthcare professionals the ability to correspond efficiently with medical professionals, specialists and consultants. This not only allows doctors to provide patients with the care they deserve, but also appropriate for their medical needs. These technological advances however, create concerns for patients if doctors and staff are not guarding their information.