May 19, 2021

Understanding HIPAA And How We Protect Your Privacy


At Waterfront Dental, Dr. Dawn Merguerian takes your privacy very seriously, which is why we do everything we can to conform to HIPAA regulations. 

HIPAA is an important piece of legislation that protects your privacy, and by following HIPAA guidelines, the team at Waterfront Dental helps protect your personal information. 

Want more details? Read on to learn more about HIPAA and how we protect your data at Waterfront Dental. 

What Is HIPAA? Understanding The Basics

HIPAA is an abbreviation for the Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act, which was first passed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. 

This bill included a lot of different legislation, but the most important part of it was a series of security standards that govern how medical service providers handle Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII), with a particular focus on protecting data on Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. 

Still with us? Let’s simplify things. Basically, HIPAA set up a wide variety of controls, regulations, and guidelines that doctors and medical professionals must follow in order to reduce the chance of exposing patient information. 

For example, a dentist may be required to store dental records in a secure, encrypted record-keeping system, which can only be authorized by the dentist and a few other individuals who require access. 

By following HIPAA requirements, medical care providers can secure patient data and minimize their risk of fines and other penalties for violating HIPAA statutes.

Many Dentist Aren’t HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA is an expensive and complex piece of legislation. And while most dentists do take patient privacy and HIPAA seriously, full compliance can be very difficult and complex, and many dentists do not perform HIPAA audits to ensure that they are following all applicable rules and regulations. 

If you’re concerned about your personal information and health information and how it’s handled at your dentist, it may be a good idea to ask your dentist whether or not they are HIPAA-compliant, and what steps they take to secure and safeguard your data.

We Have Undertaken HIPAA Audits To Protect Your Privacy At Our Office 

We have always taken HIPAA and patient privacy seriously, and instituted proper controls, technology, and business processes to make sure your personal information is always protected at Waterfront Dental.

Not only that, but we have undertaken a full HIPAA auditing process to verify our compliance, look for security flaws, and find areas where we can improve our services and our data storage. Dr. Merguerian and the team at Waterfront Dental are always taking every possible precaution to protect you and your personal information. 

Want More Information? Contact Waterfront Dental Today! 

Whether you want more information about HIPAA compliance at our office, or you’re just interested in a dental appointment with Dr. Merguerian, our team is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 505-0551 to speak with a staff member right away, and get the care you need in Baltimore from Waterfront Dental.

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