HIPAA or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 focuses on protecting Personal Health Information (PHI). This law established national standards on how covered entities, health care clearing houses, and business associates share and store PHI. This privacy rule is also applicable when utilizing medical transcription services. Practices must outsource only to HIPAA-compliant medical transcription companies to ensure safety and confidentiality of patient data. Outsourcing transcription tasks help to minimize the burden on physicians from spending a lot of time on EHR documentation. Ensure that the chosen transcription vendor is well aware of the regulations of HIPAA. A company with long-term experience in the field will make sure that all healthcare data entrusted to them remains private and confidential.
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