To provide effective treatment, healthcare providers must have comprehensive, accurate, and timely medical information. The automation of medical information permits the collection, analysis, storage, and retrieval of vast amounts of medical information that is not only used but also shared with other providers at remote locations. The increasing demand for access to medical information by providers and others, such as insurance companies, has led to increasing concern about patient privacy and confidentiality, resulting in the enactment of the privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HIPAA, and its implementing regulations, has required providers and others who maintain health information to put in place measures to guard the privacy and confidentiality of patient information. Before HIPAA, patient privacy was only sporadically protected by various laws but never so dramatically as it is by the HIPAA statute and its accompanying regulations.
MDS has diligently worked to comply with the HIPPA requirements. We have installed and maintained the most up-to-date security features at our Data Center and all transcriptionists who work for MDS must sign and abide by a Business associate agreement as well as secure their work to safeguard our clients as outlined in the HIPPA regulations. MDS is dedicated to the protection of patient rights and will strive to protect the privacy of your patients.
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