HIPAA Regulations: Computer-based Patient Records – Sum’09 Voice

June 2009

Many safeguards are put into practice in our workplaces to ensure that patient privacy is maintained in accordance with HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act). Here are some useful tips to help maintain patient privacy and protect your accountability with regard to Computer-based Patient Records (CPRs).

  • Remember to log-off of your computers and/or other digital devices EVERY TIME you finish reviewing a CPR or must step away from it, even if only for a moment.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – look out for anyone who might be in visual range of your digital files and take the appropriate safeguards to properly conceal the information from wandering eyes.
  • NEVER share your password with ANYONE.

    Improving patient care also means ensuring patient privacy. Implement appropriate safeguards to protect your patients, your employer, and yourself.