The HIPAA regulations require that you ensure the Availability, Integrity and Confidentiality of the data in your office. This includes information you create, receive, maintain, or transmit.
Availability means that patient information is accessible and usable. In fact, if a patient’s medical records are not available for you to use when making a medical decision it could be considered a violation of the patients’ civil rights.
In addition, if a patient’s records are not available at the time of medical decision making it could have a significant impact on the quality of care you are able to provide to your patients.
Taking it a step further, electronic billing records are also covered by the HIPAA regulations. Think about the impact to your practice if you were to lose access to your billing information what will this mean to the health of your practice?
The TLD Systems HIPAA program includes steps to ensure that your data is available to you when you need it.