February 2006, Volume 36 Number 2 , p 76 - 76
AUSTIN, SALLY ADN, BGS, JD
IF COMPUTERS DON'T already have a big role in your nursing practice, they soon will as more health care facilities switch to electronic medical records and other new technologies, including e-mail. But with today's emphasis on maintaining patient privacy, these communications need to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read on to learn about the pros and cons of e-mail so you can protect your patients and yourself when using this convenient means of communication.
What's so great about e-mail?
E-mail has some obvious advantages: it's always legible and it's a fast, efficient way to communicate. Certain routine information is documented automatically, so you have a record of when a message was sent or received (including date and time), who it was addressed to (including anyone copied on the message), and who sent it. You also may be able to set up ...