As previously discussed, companies devoted to mental health practice and offering “HIPAA Compliant” video platforms are now surfacing. One such service is Iconic Health’s HomePsych for organizations or private practices.
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As stated in an earlier blog post, it’s almost impossible to know for sure if Skype is HIPAA compliant for these reasons: Skype is proprietary software, so we do not have ready access to behind-the-scenes information. HIPAA was intentionally written …
While HIPAA may be intentionally vague to allow for technological change over time, that intentional vagueness can leave the average practitioner seeking to deliver mental health services scratching his or her head.
Licensed professionals are obligated to follow an accepted “standard of care” that included procedures to use for mandated reporting. First, that standard of care has not yet been expanded to include email, chat room or videoconferencing via public, unsecured VOIP-based platforms.
While I have every confidence their systems will eventually be far more than HIPAA compliant, I’m reluctant to encourage any of my patients or colleagues to currently risk confidentiality for the sake of convenience.