Patients can rest assure that their data and communications are safe and secure when using eVantageHealth’s Personal Health Record (PHR) through the Get Real Health InstantPHR (iPHR) platform. The iPHR platform meets all the privacy and security requirements of HIPAA and HITECH and the iPHR SaaS offering has achieved HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) Certified status through the HITRUST CSF Assurance Program. eVantageHealth also complies with DirectTrust.org for patient to provider secure messaging and the ONC Privacy Notice.
Most consumers, and even some providers, are uninformed about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has developed an array of new educational tools about HIPAA privacy and security regulations. You can find these materials on OCR’s website at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers.
OCR has posted a series of factsheets, available in eight languages, to inform consumers about their rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The fact sheets complement a set of seven consumer-facing videos released earlier this year on OCR’s YouTube channel. An additional video was designed for providers in small practices and offers an overview of how to establish basic safeguards to protect patient information and comply with the security requirements.
OCR has also launched three modules for health care providers on compliance with various aspects of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Patient Privacy: A Guide for Providers, HIPAA and You: Building a Culture of Compliance and Examining Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule can be found on Medscape.org.
Patients can choose to prohibit sharing their Personal Health Information (PHI) through eVantageHealth by completing a process referred to as Opting-Out. Opting-Out will prevent Participating Providers of eVantageHealth and its Authorized Users from viewing PHI, but the patient will still have access to view their PHI stored in eVantageHealth by logging into iPHR.
To Opt-Out, please contact eVantgeHealth Support by calling (484)526-8893.
Lastly, be responsible! While Federal law can protect your health information, you should also make sure that private information doesn’t become public. If you access your health records online, make sure you use a strong password, keep it secret and be sure to logout. Keep in mind that if you post information online in a public forum, you cannot assume it’s private or secure.