Electronic communications (e.g., texting, email, video conferencing and online chat) have become the dominant form of communication today, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where virtual care solutions have grown exponentially. While electronic communication offers many benefits, it also poses risks to the privacy of individuals and to the security of personal/protected health information (PHI). It is important for healthcare providers to be aware of these risks and take appropriate steps to mitigate them before using these technologies in their professional communications between peers and patients. Both patients and providers need to be confident knowing that any sensitive information is handled and stored with strict standards and safeguards to prevent unauthorized access or dissemination.
Here are some points for best practices when using electronic communication tools:
When choosing a new healthcare electronic communication solution, the following are some key questions to consider:
Although most healthcare information privacy laws have similar components, it is important that decision makers understand the local rules and regulations to ensure they are compliant with local policy. When in doubt, consult with your local privacy commissioner or regulatory bodies for advice to prevent headaches down the road.
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