Healthcare organizations that have adopted digital dictation and
transcription technologies are advised to take note of the proposed changes to
the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Among the proposed changes is the access to health information for patients.
Organizations that maintain electronic records, such as those created when
doctors use digital dictation and speech recognition, must offer electronic
copies to patients upon request.

The updates would also extend the data security mandates under HIPAA to cover
business associates for healthcare organizations. This would pertain to
transcription services that are used by many hospitals and doctor’s offices.
These third-party companies would be required to sign agreements to ensure they
also comply with HIPAA.

“While health information technology will help America move its healthcare
system forward, the privacy and security of personal health data is at the core
of all our work,” federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

More information on this subject and others concerning digital dictation can
be found at American Dictation Corp.  The website is also a leading source for
digital dictation and speech recognition tools and software.