Stephen King is considered one of the most prolific writers of our time. The guy’s published more than 50 books, and he continues to crank them out efficiently and to great success. Amazing.
Here at Vantage Clinical Solutions, we have Tannus Quatre, PT, MBA, principal and consultant with the business. While he’s still far from completing (or starting, for that matter) the great American novel, he’s certainly been busy on the keyboard lately sharing his knowledge about running a healthcare business – how to do it efficiently and to great success.
I’ve already shared with you two articles Quatre wrote that are featured in the most recent edition of “Impact,” a publication of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPSAPTA). The first, titled “Hire Slowly,” discusses the difference between filling an open position and building a successful team. The second article, “You Have Content – Use It!” talks about developing interesting and useful content for use on the Web, in e-newsletters, etc., and how to overcome obstacles the may be keeping you from creating such content.
Well, there’s more. Flip forward about 20 pages and you’ll find a third article written by Quatre and published in “Impact,” this one titled “Five Minute Fix: Ensuring Patient Privacy in Your Practice.” In it, he details ways to enhance the security of patient records and protect the privacy of patients.
Patient privacy isn’t just good for business, Quatre says, but it’s the law.
“Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) regulations are serious, and the sanctions for violation severe,” he wrote. “Aside from the detrimental impact a violation would have on your patients, the financial implications associated with privacy violation have the potential to upset the greatest of practices.”
Quatre goes on to outline four steps a practice can take to enhance patient privacy. These include the electronically filing all patient records, implementing standardized training for all staff members, automating electronic lockouts on all computer devices, and monitoring your computer network.
“I do not know any practice owners who are not concerned about the privacy of their patients, and for good reason,” Quatre wrote.
Here at Vantage, we take the security of documents and the protection of patient privacy quite seriously, and we offer solutions for providing such high-end security within your practice – EMR, standardized training, etc. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to provide you with a security assessment and give you the tips and tools necessary to ease your mind over patient privacy concerns.