VERY IMPORTANT: When we send you, your dentist, or any other healthcare professional an email, or you send us an email, the information sent is not encrypted. That means a third party may be able to access the information and read it since it is transmitted over the Internet. HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA was passed by the U.S. government in 1996 in order to establish privacy and security protections for health information Information stored on our computers is encrypted. Most popular email services (ex. Hotmail®, Gmail®, Yahoo®) do not utilize encrypted email.
Email is a very popular and convenient way to communicate for a lot of people. In their latest modification to the HIPAA act, the federal government provided guidance on email and HIPAA. The guidelines state that if a patient has been made aware of the risks of unencrypted email, and that same patient provides consent to receive health information via email, then a health entity may send that patient personal medical information via unencrypted email.
By signing this document, you are giving us permission to send such information over the internet, unencrypted.
If you would like more information on the HIPAA act: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2013-01-25/pdf/2013-01073.pdf