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Send Emails and Remain HIPAA Compliant

Handling medical files and documents requires caution. Patient privacy is paramount, and HIPAA laws protect every piece of personal data. However, sharing and storing documents doesn’t have to be complicated — Citrix ShareFile allows users to send HIPAA-compliant emails with one click.

Can email be HIPAA compliant?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is legislation that governs electronic medical records and patient privacy. Though medical providers adhere to the standards set in the law every day, there is still confusion and misinformation. Though there are rules, it is legal to send HIPAA-compliant emails.

Using the 256-bit SSL encryption provided by ShareFile, HIPAA allows medical providers to send records to each other electronically. ShareFile has a Plugin for Microsoft Outlook, allowing users to insert links to files, upload and send new files and request files directly from email messages.

Additionally, you can choose to send attachments using ShareFile’s portal rather than your internal email server. All of this is seamless and as simple as sending regular email.

What documents are covered by HIPAA?

Though most people think about HIPAA pertaining only to medical records, any individually-identifiable health information — even financial transactions for medical services — is protected under the law. With such a wide range of information covered by law, it is important to ensure your company handles this data appropriately.

Not only does ShareFile offer HIPAA-compliant email, all electronic data is stored in audited, SAE16 II accredited data centers. Nothing is more important than your data's security.

ShareFile can help you send HIPAA-compliant emails and other digital files. With 24/7 customer service, support is only a phone call away. ShareFile builds affordable, customized plans for businesses of all sizes.

Sign up for a free trial of ShareFile today. Call 1-800-441-3453 or visit ShareFile.com.

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Sources:

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/faq/health_information_technology/570.html

http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US/ShareFile/help_files/SF020029?Title=Using+the+ShareFile+Plugin+for+Microsoft+Outlook

http://www.lathropgage.com/newsletter-102.html

 

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