Secure Payment Processing to Protect Patient Privacy
HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules specify 18 data elements that an individual could use as a means to determine a patient’s identity. The majority of this vulnerable data are easily understood (e.g., name, address, phone number, etc.) and can be applied to nearly any business, however, there are some elements that relate specifically to the healthcare process, including a patient’s insurance information and medical record numbers. One area that is especially vulnerable for all businesses, including medical practices, and physicians is payment processing.