Telemedicine and HIPAA: What You Need To Know
Cold Spring, NY, Sep 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --
The September 23 deadline for compliance with new
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus
Final Rule is just one week away. Announced in January, the changes
bring more stringent regulations to patient privacy and the
management of Protected Health Information (PHI). Compounding the
issue, healthcare providers will also be responsible for ensuring
the HIPAA compliant business practices of their partners, including
those providing telemedicine and telepsychiatry connectivity.
The convenience, efficiency, and comfort of online medical consultations bridge the provider-patient gap.
The benefits are clear, but how can a provider expand the reach of
their practice, make appointments easier for patients, and maintain
HIPAA compliant telemedicine? By choosing the right
telemedicine partner, say the experts at CloudVisit
"Telemedicine should make things easier, not more complicated,"
says Daniel Gilbert, president and CEO of CloudVisit Telemedicine.
"CloudVisit gives providers a safe, easy, and legally-sound way to
see patients online."
Best of all, CloudVisit has been HIPAA compliant from day one.
So while HIPAA-compliant telemedicine is newly defined, secure
video technology is not. CloudVisit Telemedicine built their
telemedicine system from the ground up, with guaranteed
HIPAA-compliance since its early 2013 launch.
During a typical telemedicine session patient and provider
information is transmitted via video, voice, and text. Based on
HIPAA's new definition of a business associate relationship, both
the healthcare provider and the telemedicine company are directly
responsible for the HIPAA-compliant transmission and storage of
Healthcare providers aren't expected to become experts in
firewalls, data encryption, or the complexities of network
security, but they are responsible for choosing a telemedicine
partner who is. CloudVisit was designed to be an information
fortress of worry-free video appointment convenience.
"It's not enough to be HIPAA compliant within the walls of your
physical office," says Gilbert. "Providers must be vigilant about
every piece of patient data that's shared and stored online. We
give clients the peace of mind that their business and their
professional integrity will remain in tact. "
Is your telemedicine partner HIPAA
-- Telemedicine must be practiced via a
-- HIPAA-compliant telemedicine must be backed by
a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) between the healthcare
provider and the telemedicine partner
-- The security practices and data encryption
measures of the telemedicine partner must be contractually
guaranteed in the BAA
CloudVisit Telemedicine offers a range of unlimited telemedicine
plans designed to support any size private practice or healthcare
institution. Learn more about HIPAA-compliant telemedicine and the
affordable ease of CloudVisit technology at www.cloudvisittm.com, or by
CONTACT: CloudVisit Telemedicine
Daniel J. Gilbert, President and CEO
3182 Route 9, Suite 107A
Cold Spring, New York 10516
Phone: 1-888-503-3009, 1-914-591-7236
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