Privacy and Internet-Based Telepractice Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have historically been attuned to protecting the privacy of their clients. The recent proliferation of Internet-based communication for telepractice has resulted in new and constantly evolving threats to client privacy. This article provides an overview of key legal protections to privacy. With a focus on Voice ... Article
Article  |   September 2011
Privacy and Internet-Based Telepractice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ellen R. Cohn
    Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Valerie J. M. Watzlaf
    Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • © 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Practice Management / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches
Article   |   September 2011
Privacy and Internet-Based Telepractice
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2011, Vol. 1, 26-37. doi:10.1044/tele1.1.26
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2011, Vol. 1, 26-37. doi:10.1044/tele1.1.26

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have historically been attuned to protecting the privacy of their clients. The recent proliferation of Internet-based communication for telepractice has resulted in new and constantly evolving threats to client privacy. This article provides an overview of key legal protections to privacy. With a focus on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP; e.g., Skype), the authors present an approach to risk assessment that includes a HIPPA Compliance Checklist (Watzlaf, Moeini, & Firouzan, 2010) and a team approach to oversight. Upholding Internet-based privacy within the current environment is an ongoing and challenging responsibility.

Acknowledgment
This effort was supported in part by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center on Telerehabilitation; H133E090002, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.
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