Keys to EHR and HIPAA compliance.

Electronic health records are quickly becoming the standard for many healthcare providers. This article presents safeguards that can help providers meet HIPAA compliance requirements.

Many healthcare providers are moving from paper records to electronic health records (EHRs). These digital forms and documents allow providers to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare, but privacy regulations, like HIPAA still apply to the protection of digital records.

About HIPPA and electronic medical records.

EHRs are an electronic version of the paper records medical providers have kept for decades. They include the medical history, doctor’s notes, symptoms, diagnoses, medications, and a host of other protected medical information about patients. Both healthcare providers and patients benefit from an electronic record’s portability, accuracy, and immediacy.

Understand and follow these six HIPAA technical safeguards to help your organization stay in compliance with HIPAA and electronic medical records:

  1. Control access — authorization to access a patient’s healthcare information should be limited to only those that must have it to provide care.
  2. Use strong authentication — it is critical that only authorized staff log into the software that manages electronic medical records.
  3. Have automatic log outs from electronic medical records software to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the records.
  4. Use an electronic medical records software program that provides the ability to audit access to records.
  5. Apply state-of-the-art encryption to all medical records to prevent them from being stolen.
  6. Use secure e-signatures for all records and forms that require a signature.

There are specific requirements for e-signatures to meet HIPAA requirements. Be sure to choose an e-signature tool that helps keep you compliant. Take a moment to discover everything you can do to keep your compliance strategy up to date with Acrobat Sign.