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Healthcare Websites and HIPAA Compliant Patient Portals


Note: this article is the second in a five-part article series on healthcare website development and medical website design.
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HIPAA compliant website in today’s environment, it is important to consider the benefits of patient portal design. Patient portals are secure places where your patients can log in, interact with their healthcare providers, and access their information. Patient portals can drastically increase the efficiency of your business, as they allow your patients the option of scheduling, changing, or cancelling their own appointments. They also add a layer of quality to your overall website design solution.

HIPAA & Security Considerations

Secure & HIPAA Compliant Patient Portals

The chief consideration in patient portal design is security. If your patient portals are not secure, you run the risk of failing to maintain HIPAA compliance, which can put your whole practice in jeopardy. Clarity has a standard way in which we maintain HIPAA compliance within our patient portals.

First, to ensure that users only have access to the information they need, we set up a role-based authentication system within the patient portal. Often, companies we work with already have an existing role-based authentication or intranet system in place, so we can work with that while implementing other web applications that make it easy for users to access the HIPAA-compliant portal system using their standard information. The information is pulled via an LDAP protocol, which can sort which information a patient (or practitioner) should have access to, and what roles and rights they have.

Next, is the HIPAA hosting environment. Depending on the level of HIPAA PHI contained, stored, entered, passing through, or being edited on the site, the requirements can be very different. Basically, there's the security of PHI information in transit (filling out forms), at rest (storing files or in a database) and being edited (tracked). Clarity's been designing and working with hosting providers for 15 years. We understand the requirements and have finally found some very affordable ways to get your sites onto a secure and robust HIPAA environment without breaking the bank. Up to 2 years ago, this started at $1,200 a month, but now it's starting at just $100 per month. So give us a call and we can help not only design and build your portal, but we know where to provide the industry's best and most affordable HIPAA hosting solution.

Improving Patient Communications

Patient Portal Design Considerations

Remember: while your patient portal can speed up many important processes and make the patient much happier, it should never replace the personal attention of a healthcare practitioner.

There are many patient portal design considerations, but the main question to keep in mind is: what does the patient want or what do I have to do to meet Medicare-Medicaid requirements? You will need a patient portal that is easy to navigate, attractive, displays mobile-friendly design solutions, and that is engaging and efficient, all while providing the patient "dutiful access to their personal healthcare information." Additionally, your patient should always be aware of who they can contact if they have further questions, and how to contact them. Remember: while your patient portal can speed up many important processes and make the patient much happier, it should never replace the personal attention of a healthcare practitioner.

Improving Patient Communications

Selecting Your Patient Portal Vendors

As you look into patient portal vendors, consider not just the development aspects but also the “human” aspects of a company’s role in your patient portal design. A good patient portal vendor or developer will be able to intuit your patient’s unique needs and provide a design to suit them. Clarity tailor-makes all of their websites to meet the unique needs of each of our clients. contact a Clarity representative today if you’re interested in patient portal design and HIPAA complaint development.


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