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I participate in a mailing list where the following question was asked, without satisfactory feedback, and am interested in the correct answer.

Several referring physicians have requested that an imaging center send them a list of patients that are scheduled and completed at the end of each. They wanted the Patient Name, Date of Birth, and date of imaging study included in the email.

The question is, according to HIPAA, does this information need to be secure/encrypted when transmitted to the referring physician? Or, is the information limited enough that it could be sent in a plain text email?


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I would imagine yes, but then again, I get a little nervous even when my own name is in a plain text email ;) –  Brian Mar 14 '12 at 5:16

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