Despite the fact that the industry has been living with HIPAA for well over a decade, keeping patients health information private and secure in the Internet age continues to be an area where many health care providers are vulnerable to penalties, sanctions, and litigation. The increasing reliance on electronic data and the implementation of electronic health records has added a new wrinkle, opening providers up to data breach allegations under both HIPAA and state breach laws. Simultaneously, access to large electronic data sets and the use of analytics holds significant promise for improving personalized care, population health, and biomedical research. Health care providers need a trusted advisor in their corner, one with a solid understanding of the intricacies of this complex area of law. Smith Moore Leatherwood fills that advisory role for providers across the country.
Our team has served as counsel to three state health information management associations, and we participate regularly in the activities of national organizations focusing on health information management and privacy issues. We also count nationally-recognized professionals among our HIPAA and Data Security and Privacy team who have published and spoken extensively on these topics at state and national meetings. On a daily basis, we assist providers—from single-physician practices to large multi-hospital systems—in assessing privacy risks, responding to requests for patient information, evaluating their privacy and data security infrastructures, and considering how they may use health information in innovative ways.
Whether you have identified privacy and data security concerns at your organization, are looking for assistance in reviewing and strengthening existing policies and practices, need help starting an effective privacy program, or are interested in determining how to use analytics software to improve your bottom line, our HIPAA and data security and privacy team can help. Contact one of our team members today for more information.