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Is it HIPPA or HIPAA? Your compliance questions answered.

Security Tips for Working From Home

In response to the global spread of COVID19, the novel coronavirus, many organizations are requiring employees to work remotely. While working from home might seem like a dream come true to many people, the transition can be a bit overwhelming in practice, especially if you handle Protected Health Information (PHI) or other sensitive data. Here are some helpful tips to securely work from home.

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Does HIPAA Apply to Family Members?

In general, HIPAA does not give family members the right to access patient records, even if that family member is paying for healthcare premiums, unless the patient is a minor, a spouse, or has designated them as a personal representative.
However, there are several exceptions and circumstances in which patient data can be shared with family members or other individuals.

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Who is the HIPAA Hippo?

The HIPAA Hippo is the unofficial official mascot of all things HIPAA. He knows that compliance is of the utmost important to protect patients’ privacy and avoid fines by the OCR.

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