HIPAA clarification allows patients to receive health information through unsecure email
from American Dental Association
The federal government clarified that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that requires covered dentists to use unsecure email to send information to a patient as long as the patient requested it be sent that way. The dental practice must also provide a warning that there is some risk the protected health information could be read or accessed by a third party while in transit. If the patient still wants to receive their information through an unencrypted email, the dental practice must comply, as reinforced in new guidance issued by the Office for Civil Rights.
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