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Commercial Surveillance Cameras and HIPAA Violations

If you manage a doctor’s office or another healthcare setting, security is likely at the top of your priority list. Surveillance cameras and a robust access control system are important aspects of your security plan, as these can help you manage and monitor who enters and leaves your building. Cameras are also important for keeping an eye on valuable equipment and medications, as external and internal theft are common problems in healthcare settings.

While security cameras are necessary, another responsibility you have is maintaining the privacy of patients. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established in 1996 to protect the privacy of patients, and hospitals and medical offices must adhere to it. Privacy of personal information includes not just names and medical information but photographs or video images. If you have security cameras, make sure you keep HIPAA in mind so that your facility isn’t in violation of it.

Read below to see the top five steps you should take to stay in compliance with HIPAA.

  1. Complete a Risk Assessment – The management of security videos, as well as how they are stored, should be assessed. The location of cameras is important, too, as cameras monitoring procedures cannot be visible to everyone.
  2. Put Together a Plan – Decide ahead of time how security equipment will be used by all staff members and write appropriate procedures. Ongoing training may be needed to keep everyone at your facility fully informed.
  3. Protect Storage – Make sure footage is encrypted and protected while in storage.
  4. Blur for Privacy – Certain aspects of the video footage, like sound, faces and patient information, can be blurred or silenced in order to maintain privacy.
  5. Consult a Specialist – Since HIPAA compliance is mandatory, it’s essential to make sure your security cameras protect patient privacy. An experienced security company can help you accomplish this.

At The Flying Locksmiths, we can assess the security needs of your medical office or hospital and provide a guide for the right adjustments. We have years of experience handling security needs while ensuring our customers stay in compliance with HIPAA, and we would be happy to do the same for you.

Affordable, professional security solutions are just a phone call away; call The Flying Locksmiths today and set up a consultation!