Are Clear Chart Holders HIPAA Compliant?

Wooden Wall-Mounted Chart HoldersChart holders are an important part of medical facilities, hospitals, doctors’ offices and more. They are used to hold client and patient information while making it easily accessible. With HIPAA, this information has to be properly protected. A few days ago a customer asked me if clear chart holders are HIPAA compliant. This was my response.

In order for a chart holder to be HIPAA compliant, sensitive contents cannot be visible. By nature, clear chart holders are designed to make data easy to see. This, unfortunately, means that clear chart holders are not HIPAA compliant.

You could make a clear chart holder compliant by including an insert that hides the contained charts, or by frosting it, but that may be more hassle than it’s worth. I would personally steer clear of any “clear” chart holders. There is too much room for error and you don’t want to be responsible for a leaked client / patient information.

Most clear chart holders are in fact clear magazine holders that were never intended to hold sensitive charts. HIPAA compliant chart holders are almost always made of wood with a solid wood front.

You can find our entire selection of standard and deep pocket chart holders here. You will notice that they are all made of wood. I personally think are very professional and look great.

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