The creation and storage of electronic medical records has resulted in medical professionals generating massive amounts of data about their patients. Privacy requirements, such as those arising under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rules mandate that this data be carefully secured from unintentional disclosure. However, most medical professionals do not have the time or resources to implement security requirements themselves. Because of this, it is common practice to outsource electronic medical records storage services.
My colleague Anne Newman recently wrote an article describing the items that hospitals, physican practices, and other medical professionals should consider when contracting to outsource medical records storage services. As Anne notes in the article, agreements to outsource medical records storage must contain several features that are not typically found in agreements for other outsourcing services.
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