Did you know that HIPAA and HITECH regulations regarding collecting personally identifying information have changed, directly impacting medical facilities and providers that use people counting solutions?
Patient traffic analytics can directly improve care, operational efficiency and employee retention; however, failure to choose the right solution and perform risk audits can leave healthcare facilities and business associates open to costly penalties. Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, optometrists and dispensaries, along with any business associates that utilize, process and store data on their behalf, operate under HIPAA and HITECH regulations. This includes any people counting solutions used to measure patient traffic.
Failure to choose the right people counting solution and perform risk audits can leave healthcare facilities and business associates open to costly penalties.
Foot traffic counting solutions used by healthcare facilities and their business associates must meet specific standards in regard to maintaining protected health information and electronic protected health information. Medical facilities using camera-based people counters may be subject to penalties for violating patient privacy by HIPAA and HITECH.
Assess your medical facility’s risk and learn more about HIPAA-compliant people counting options in our whitepaper, “Everything you need to know about HIPAA/HITECH regulations and people counting systems”.