“What Is A HIPAA Camera? Get the Facts on How to Use Your Smartphone Compliantly for Patient Photos “
In a variety of healthcare situations, clinicians need to photograph patients. This could include wounds, rashes, or even pre- and post-operative photos. These images are often important elements of a patient’s EMR. But these images, just like any other piece of protected health information (PHI), are protected under the rules of HIPAA. Thus, they must always be taken with a HIPAA-compliant camera.
Unfortunately, that’s not happening in every situation. Photos should be a part of improving patient care, not the subject of compliance worries. That’s why we’re looking at why and how photos must be treated with care and the impact of not doing so.
Keep reading to learn:
- The basics of HIPAA photos
- Why you must use a HIPAA camera and risks of not
- How your smartphone can be a HIPAA camera