For health care providers, handling patient information properly is essential. But why is it so important? First, it fosters a deep trust between the health care provider and their patients. Second, proper data security can improve not only patient experience but also overall revenue. Finally, there are legal standards to uphold when it comes to protecting patient information.
Without a large enough staff, many facilities may rely on consulting services to handle patient information protection. In fact, CodeMax Medical Billing includes these consulting services among our offerings. They’re built into our service guarantees and are available at no additional cost to your business.
When your health care facility is having trouble outsourcing medical billing services and is ready to improve patient data protection policies, we can help. Contact CodeMax Medical Billing today by calling 866.471.3267 or completing our online form.
Why Is Protecting Patient Information Essential?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule establishes United States standards to protect digital records of patients’ personal health information created, used, received, or maintained by a health care provider. The Security Rule requires fitting administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to ensure the security, confidentiality, and integrity of protected health information.
What is the point of this act? Beefing up the security for patient information accomplishes goals such as:
- Only authorized individuals see the stored data
- Authorized individuals only see the stored data when they need to use it for an authorized purpose
- Accuracy of the stored data
Typically, data protection policies to support these goals make data processing safe from alteration, deletion, other unauthorized access, or transmission. Security is crucial because of the problems arising from collecting, storing, and using large amounts of personally identifiable health information, some of which may be sensitive or potentially embarrassing.
Patients whose health information was inappropriately accessed could face several potential harms. Because their medical information is no longer private, they can suffer from financial, psychological, or social harm. Security breaches may also increase the risk of instances of identity theft, which can negatively affect patients’ lives for years.
How Can Health Care Providers Protect Patient Information?
Health care providers may form an in-house data security department or use the services of a specialized company to implement:
- Data encryption
- Secure email
- Security assessment
- Data breach insurance
Can Consulting Services Help with Patient Information Security?
As with many specialized niches, a health care facility’s patient information security issues would often be best handled by full-time expert employees. Meeting HIPAA regulatory standards require ensuring that there’s secure patient data storage and that data access can be controlled and monitored.
Most large health care organizations have the policies, procedures, and systems needed for compliance because they often have the budget for it. Relying on consulting services can be the perfect decision for small medical practices or addiction treatment centers that don’t have the budget for full-time staff or employees to dedicate to data security.
Turn to CodeMax Medical Billing to Protect Patient Information
CodeMax Medical Billing is your one-stop shop for billing and collections and the source for expert-level consulting services that focus on protecting patient information. With the help of our consulting services, you can develop new processes and workflows to help improve the data security policies your facility follows.
Is your health care facility having trouble outsourcing medical billing services and looking to improve patient information security? Contact CodeMax Medical Billing today by calling 866.471.3267 or completing our online form.