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Emergency medical dispatches and HIPAA: Are you HIPAA compliant?

from Urgent Communications

During a recent National Public Safety Telecommunications Council conference call, a question was raised as to the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to emergency medical dispatchers, as to whether traditional means of transmitting patient information over unencrypted airways is permissible. Since unencrypted land mobile radio communications can be intercepted by scanners, there is some question as to whether unencrypted radio properly protects patients’ privacy rights under HIPAA. more

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