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Are Clear Chart Holders HIPAA Compliant?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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.

Even X-Ray Holders Need To Be HIPAA Compliant

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

XR-1 Wooden Oak X-Ray Holder from Wooden MalletKeeping a patient’s information secure and out of view is more important now than ever. This is due in part to the rampant increase in identity theft and because it is now the law. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) even requires that X-Rays be properly covered and secure as well.

HIPAA has been around since 1996, but several decades ago medical information and data could be left on a desk or pinned to a board without any worry. Not only is medical information an identity theft risk, but it is also a privacy risk. Nobody wants a stranger seeing your medical information.

We offer a great selection of medical chart holders (found here) including chart holders designed specifically for holding X-rays. You can find our HIPAA compliant XR-1 X-ray chart holder here. It is available in different wood stains and can easily be mounted to a wall.

HIPAA Compliant Privacy Chart Holders

Monday, April 19th, 2010

HIPAA Chart HolderPatient privacy is a big deal, due in large part to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). Not only do unused patient documents need to be destroyed, but active patient documents need to be protected as well. Gone are the days of clear plastic chart holders in medical facilities, hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Chart holders now have to have the front panel be completely blocked. This is done to protect patient privacy and prevents random people from seeing this data. Most of these chart holders are made out of wood. The chart holder pocket is deep enough to protect the data, but still allows tabs to be visible for easy access.

ABC Office carries over a dozen different HIPAA compliant chart holders. These chart holders include standard wood chart holders, open ended chart holders and deep pocket chart holders. These chart holders include all necessary mounting hardware and are available in different wood stains. Most of ABC Office’s chart holders will fit right in with existing furniture.

You can find ABC Office’s HIPAA compliant chart holders here.

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