Health Information Management

Q&A: E-mail communication, home computer use, business associates, and more

Briefings on HIPAA, May 1, 2009

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Q: Is it acceptable to ask patients whether they want to sign a release stating that they want to communicate by e-mail with their physician and that they understand that we do not have a secure system? A: Yes. E-mail communication between patients and providers is becoming increasingly common, but you should not do this without carefully considering how it will work and what limitations you should place on e-mail communication.

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