Improve Privacy, Improve Your Bottom Line
According to Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys, there is a clear link between patient satisfaction and their perception of quality of care and profitability.
Meeting HIPAA Privacy Standards
You know that HIPAA requires medical professionals to safeguard medical records by all reasonable means and that new legislation fines for breaches. Few practices knowingly transmit patients’ medical files, but many unintentionally do just that as a result of sound leaks via the facility itself.
Possible Sound Leaks
- in a common waiting room
- through the walls
- via a telephone conversation
- amongst medical staff
Direct vs. Indirect Field
Sound Masking provides the most privacy per dollar spent, and all systems fall into two basic types: Direct Field and Indirect Field. There are significant differences in terms of both effectiveness and installation. Make sure you understand the different options available to you!
What’s the Difference?
Speaker Placement affects almost every aspect of sound masking system performance, and there are significant differences in the two configurations. With plenum spaces increasingly full in medical facilities, system configuration matters.
Keep Your Rooms Occupied
There’s a financial cost to having entire corridors or even single rooms out of commission during system installation.
The VoiceArrest Direct Field System keeps your rooms available.
Sound Masking With Medical Facilities In Mind
Traditional sound masking systems hide the speakers above the ceiling. This may have worked well in the past, but with more and more equipment, HVAC ducts, and other materials also being hidden above the ceiling, that becomes an incredible acoustic challenge that above-ceiling sound masking systems have to be tuned to overcome. In contrast, the VoiceArrest system bypasses crowded plenum spaces and emits the sound directly into the area to be treated. This configuration also allows the system to be installed quickly, keeping your rooms occupied instead of out of service.Learn More About How the VoiceArrest System Works
What Are The HIPPA Regulations?
Since April 14, 2003, pharmacies and all healthcare providers have been required to have appropriate technical and physical safeguards in place to protect oral privacy during transmissions of health information in spoken communications as well as paper and electronic form.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates that health care organizations take reasonable measures to protect confidential personal information. This includes conversations with doctors in their offices, hospital registration areas, nursing stations, insurance service call centers and even the offices of human resources representatives.
Your HIPPA Compliant Solution
If you are building, retrofitting or managing a healthcare facility where protecting patient health information is a concern, sound masking can be the best solution to meet your HIPAA privacy requirements — and the most cost-effective safeguard you can include. In addition, speech privacy is considered by many patients and doctors to be critical to patient satisfaction.
Achieving a HIPAA Compliant Solution That Meets HIPAA Guidelines
Bringing your facilities into HIPAA compliance may not require extensive renovations or painful expense. In fact, you may be able to meet privacy standards by applying something as simple as a sound masking system, upgrading ceiling and walls panels or a combination of multiple solutions depending on your space. No matter what you need to meets HIPAA regulation, Speech Privacy Systems can help you install a long lasting and cost effective solution.
The Best In Medical Sound Masking
Speech Privacy Systems has successfully installed HIPPA compliant sound masking systems in a variety of medical settings. Sound masking introduces an obtrusive, ambient background sound into open spaces, and other areas using a variety of technology from plenum based systems to to the state of the art Voice Arrest Soundmasking System. Not only do high quality sound masking systems help you to meet HIPAA regulations, but they also increase patient satisfaction and employee productivity.
HIPAA Compliant Ceiling Panels
Traditionally, acoustics have been a secondary factor in design of healthcare settings. During construction and even subsequent renovations, drug stores and other medical facilities are often fitted with general-purpose ceiling panels that may not provide sound reduction and attenuation.
Upgrading with ceiling panels designed to improve the acoustics of such open areas is an effective first step in bringing a facility closer to meeting the new privacy requirements.
Contact Speech Privacy Systems today for a custom quote to get your medical facility HIPAA Compliant.