Confidential health recordsSecurity and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, becomes increasingly critical as private health information is stored and transmitted in a digital format. A data breach can take a great toll on a therapist’s career and finances, and preventing data from becoming compromised is often a much better strategy than the necessity of sorting through the fallout of compromised data. In some cases, a data breach can mean identity theft or dangerous exposure for at-risk clients which could impact anything from their own career or even their personal safety.

Use the resources listed below to determine whether your therapy practice is HIPAA-compliant, how to find HIPAA-compliant software for your therapy practice, and the ethics surrounding confidentiality of therapy in the digital age.