As technology bridges the gap between patients and clinicians, allowing remote and personalized forms of medical care, new paradigms of health-care delivery must address issues of privacy and security that arise with sharing data over the Internet. These issues are especially relevant with the advent of medical wearables or wearable health-care devices, which have seen an explosion in the marketplace and a continuing growing popularity. A good outsourcing company can ensure that your medical practice or health-care facility stays up-to-date with the latest protocols, and that your patients’ information complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
According to HIPAA, to protect health information from hackers or other privacy breaches, no personal or protected health information should be identifiable from data in electronic or digital form. This includes a person’s name, address, phone number, medical record number, and Social Security number, while the data in question may be a physical examination, lab test result, or even a vital sign like someone’s blood pressure.