Fruit Street & HIPAA for Your Practice

Do I need to have my patients sign anything regarding the use of Fruit Street due to HIPAA regulations?

 Although we cannot provide you with legal advice as to your requirements related to HIPAA compliance, in general you may want to revise your existing patient consent forms related to the use and disclosure of protected health information for treatment, payment and health care operations, in order to cover telemedicine and/or virtual consultation services, including interactive audio, video and/or other telecommunications technology, as well as technology related to monitoring patient health via wearable technology.

 We cannot advise you with respect to specific language related to your patient consent forms. We suggest that your organization consult with a lawyer to review the specifics of patient consent.

What else do I need to know regarding Fruit Street and HIPAA compliance?

 HIPAA allows covered entities (such as your facility) to disclose protected health information to their “Business Associates.” The covered entity must have a written contract with the Business Associate (a Business Associate Agreement or “BAA”) that obligates the Business Associate to take appropriate steps to safeguard the information and to help the covered entity comply with its obligations under HIPAA to safeguard patient information. Since the use of our technology platform may involve the disclosure of protected health information, Fruit Street, as your Business Associate, will enter into a BAA with you as the covered entity. If you do not have an existing BAA template for our review, we can provide one to you.

Can you direct me to anywhere else for more information regarding HIPAA?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services maintains a Frequently Asked Questions site regarding HIPAA, where you can review FAQs by category or search for specific issues via keywords. The link to the site is:

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/faq/index.html

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