Are you leaking PHI? At Listrunner, we’ve worked with hundreds of teams on securing their patient health information so we know the pitfalls that put clinicians and their institutions at risk.
Here are some common pitfalls and insights on how to protect yourself.
|The leak||The risk||Best practices to protect your PHI|
Lists are lost or littered! Who hasn’t left a
list on a desk, in the cafeteria, pulled it out of their pocket at
home at the end of a long day, or...even worse…not know where they
left it at all!
A list with initials instead of names is even more dangerous!
|Use a digital list on your personal device. Not only is the information protected with your password and/or biometrics, it is easy to access and updated in real-time.|
Many docs are so fed up with hospital software that they share
photos with iMessage or WhatsApp. But this means a lost or stolen
phone is a HIPAA ticking time bomb.
What’s worse, this data isn’t even secure at the company level as the Facebook data breach in the UK shows!
Use HIPAA-compliant mobile apps to share updates, clinical photos,
Ensure the app:
|Sharing patient updates via text messages or email||Text and email are open-loop systems. The PHI you share may be leaked without you knowing it.||Use invite-only platforms where users must be granted access and all activity is tracked.|
Hundreds of hospitals and thousands of clinicians use Listrunner to securely collaborate on the care of over a half-a-million patients – for free! Listrunner is a HIPAA-compliant alternative to Google Drive, Evernote, email and text. PHI is encrypted end-to-end, securely stored, and audited.