Businesses and institutions regulated by HIPAA often use privacy filters to help ensure HIPAA compliance. HIPAA provisions mandated new and stringent standards for patient privacy protection, requiring medical, insurance, and other healthcare businesses and practitioners to protect the privacy and security of that medical information both in electronic and printed formats.
A computer privacy filter is designed to protect your screen data from prying eyes. Privacy filters limit the reading radius of your screen to front view. That means that people who may be looking at your screen from the sides cannot read your screen texts. Many businesses and organizations require view security on computer screens in order to safeguard important company documents; others are required to reduce access to personal information of patients, and customers.
One example of how a privacyfilter limits screen view
HIPAA compliance standards protecting confidential health information. were enacted in 2001. The patient privacy rules set standards to protect the privacy of patient personal health and billing information.
The provisions of the law mandated stringent standards for patient privacy protection, requiring businesses and practitioners to protect the privacy and security of medical information both in electronic and printed formats. Full HIPAA compliance has been required by federal law since April 14, 2003. The rule is enforced by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and OCR was named responsible for providing assistance to health care providers, hospitals, insurance agencies, doctor offices and health clearinghouses in meeting the regulation's requirements.
What information is protected under the HIPAA privacy regulations?
HIPAA compliance in the office. As a result of the passage of this regulation, healthcare, medical, and insurance offices began instituting new procedures and training safeguards in their offices.
An important aspect of the protection of patient information was securing their private medical and billing records from anyone, including their own internal personnel who did not require access to the information to fulfill their job function. The HIPAA privacy regulations required affected organizations to:
Other items quickly became part of organizations under HIPAA standards, but have become favored throughout the business world. Locking file cabinets helped safeguard patient files when not in use, yet locking important business documents behind secure doors can also protect them from other dangers. Right down to details, items such as wall mounting chart holders were redesigned; now there are high-sided models where pending patient file folders can be kept without exposing the patient names to view by casual observers. These medical-style chart holders have been quickly adopted by other organizations, such as company Human Resource Departments.
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To read a more detailed OCR Summary of HIPAA Privacy Rule in PDF format, click here.
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