Medical Imaging and HIPAA Compliance

Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA

Medical Imaging and HIPAA Compliance 
AAOS Now – October 2017
By: Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA

What orthopaedic surgeons need to know
Last month, I coauthored an article on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance that offered tips on how orthopaedic practices can keep their patients’ information safe (see “Top 10 HIPAA Mistakes to Avoid, AAOS Now, September 2017). In this article, I speak with Les Trachtman, CEO of Purview, a patient-driven healthcare technology company, about medical imaging and HIPAA compliance.

Dr. Marks: Do orthopaedic surgeons need to be concerned about medical imaging and potential HIPAA implications?

Mr. Trachtman: Although medical imaging may not be the primary focus of HIPAA or the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), medical images are considered protected health information (PHI). Often much larger than their medical record counterparts, medical images are typically dense data files that may exceed a gigabyte in size. Because storage, sharing, and archiving of medical images pose unique challenges for practitioners, it is important to understand how to best manage this information without running afoul of regulations.

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