Wondering how to better safeguard your patients' protected health information (PHI), as required under the final HIPAA omnibus rule? Here are some examples of reasonable safeguards you can implement to protect your patients' privacy. Note that these examples are not exclusive; to be HIPAA-compliant, always limit your incidental uses and disclosures of PHI.
Bedside and Chart Information
Maintain patient charts at bedside or outside exam rooms
Display patients' names on the outside of their charts
Display patient care signs (e.g. "high fall risk" or "diabetic diet") at the patient's bedside or at the doors of hospital room
You can safeguard your practice by:
Placing patient charts in their holders with identifying information facing the wall
Limiting access to these areas or escorting non-employees in the area
Supervising areas where charts are accessible
If you announce patient names and other information over your public address (PA) system, you can safeguard your practice by:
You can safeguard your practice by relocating light boards and white boards to areas not generally accessible to the public.