Members Urged to Use Encryption
attending the HIPAA Compliance Seminar last month, several SDDA members
learned that they have not been following the requirements that patient data
be encrypted when transmitting electronically (email) between providers.
Many SDDA members are seeking an encryption service that would be used
by the majority of the dentists and specialists in the state. The SDDA has
not endorsed an encryption service and recognizes that there are many
encryption services available around the country, however those attending
the seminar learned that the State of South Dakota has created a free
encryption service for use by all health care providers in the state.
The service is known as DIRECT and is available through the South Dakota
Department of Health. DIRECT is a secure and efficient messaging service
that allows for the exchange of referrals, reports, and other patient care
documentation between providers who know each other and have a relationship
Members who would like to sign up for DIRECT can go to
this website: https://sdhealthlink.medicity.net.
The SDDA suggests
that you contact dentists and specialist with whom you most often exchange
patient health information to learn if there is an encryption service that
they recommend you use instead of, or in addition to, DIRECT. Please note
that this is not an endorsement of DIRCT and that the SDDA may make future
endorsements of services and vendors that help members comply with HIPAA.