Privacy laws apply to all medical providers, including air ambulance services. HIPAA rules prohibit the sharing of protected health information unless it is relevant to a patient’s care and in an appropriate manner with their consent. Air ambulance services must ensure that they follow these guidelines when sharing information with other parties such as hospitals or doctors’ offices.
Do air ambulances have privacy policies in place to protect patient data?
The ideal way of finding out about these policies is by reading through them on their website or contacting them directly via email or phone number listed on their site (if there are multiple contact numbers).
You can be sure that your PHI is being protected when you fly with an air ambulance service by making sure the following:
- You have a written agreement with the air ambulance service as well as signed HIPAA-compliant documents (like a waiver) stating that they are allowed to share PHI with other parties (such as doctors).
- The security plan includes measures such as limiting access to patient records at certain times during the flight, keeping all sensitive data away from public computers, etc., so there’s no chance of hackers getting their hands on any data while it’s in transit between two parties—and then using them later on!
It’s essential to verify that your air ambulance service has policies and procedures in place to comply with state and federal patient confidentiality laws.
The importance of knowing that your PHI is protected by state and federal laws cannot be stressed enough. Your privacy is a key part of your health care, so it’s vital that you make sure your air ambulance service has policies and procedures in place to comply with state and federal patient confidentiality laws.