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New Resources on Emailing Patient Information

Member dentists with questions about transmitting patient information via email can turn to a new ADA resource (ADA log in required), developed in cooperation with the New Jersey Dental Association, entitled Emailing Patient Information: A Resource for Dental Practices. Because the use of electronic means for the communication of such information is the subject of specific HIPAA regulations, this resource is a helpful means of advising dentists about the issues that they may face.

The resource, which contains sample forms, addresses such topics as:
• Emailing patients
• Emailing radiographs to a specialist
• Encryption
• Breach notification

When it comes to utilizing email, every dental practice must decide for itself how best to meet patient needs in compliance with applicable regulations. These resources provide information that can help dentists better understand the legal issues and options. Access the emailing patient information resource.
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