Healthcare IT News June 15, 2022
The guidance is meant to help providers better understand the privacy and security implications of non-video virtual care options, which are hugely useful for individuals with disabilities and those in rural communities.
The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued new guidance describing how HIPAA covered entities can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services.
WHY IT MATTERS
The goal is to ensure such communications are conducted consistent with the applicable requirements of the HIPAA’s Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules – especially when OCR’s Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth expires.
The new guidance is meant to clarify how covered entities can provide audio-only virtual care in compliance with HIPAA...