A 5-Step Dive into HIPAA Compliance for Email and Text

I recently wrote about email and text guidelines the American Medical Association (AMA) set forth to help healthcare providers ensure their electronic communications comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Thanks to this roadmap, and current available technologies, providers and their business associates have what they need to email and text patients legally and responsibly when Protected Health Information (PHI) is at stake. 

Today, I’m going to discuss HIPAA compliance more in depth—specifically, as defined and determined by the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the HIPAA Security Rule, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Each of these contributes to the pool of regulatory requirements controlling the exchange of PHI via electronic communications. 

Understanding how these regulations (collectively referred to herein as “HIPAA requirements”) impact text and email communications is your first step toward launching a HIPAA-compliant text and email communication program. 

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