is03In the US, governmental laws and legislation help dental professionals protect and secure confidential information through data policies and procedures. While many are guides, others are law.

The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that specific measures for storing patient data be taken, as well as giving a patient the right to their protected health information (PHI).

Some states have also enacted certain policies, laws, and procedures so be sure to check your state’s rules. For instance, California enacted the Notice of Security Breach Act in 2003 that required all breaches involving citizen information to be reported to the state.

By following as many procedures, laws, and policies as possible, it helps protect your investment and your profession. It may also help with your insurance rates.