Telemedicine Privacy and Security: Safeguarding Protected Health Information and Minimizing Risks of Disclosure

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide guidance to healthcare counsel on the privacy and security requirements and considerations healthcare providers should take into account when providing telemedicine services. The panel will discuss best practices for protecting patient health information and privacy and minimizing disclosure risks.


Hospitals and physicians must address privacy, security and confidentiality when providing telemedicine services. Healthcare providers in the telemedicine context must protect medical information with the same level of care as in traditional healthcare settings, whether the information is in electronic files, video recordings or physical patient records.

In telemedicine, there is a heightened risk of disclosing information to someone who is not the patient and who would not be authorized under HIPAA. An unsecure transmission between a doctor and patient could easily result in a security breach. Healthcare providers should adapt their privacy and security practices based on the privacy risks and compliance requirements of telemedicine.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines the privacy and security requirements and considerations healthcare providers should keep in mind when providing telemedicine services. The panel will offer best practices for safeguarding protected health information, protecting patient privacy and minimizing the risk of exposing confidential information.



  1. Telemedicine basic principles
    1. Key definitions
    2. Participants
  2. Privacy and security considerations when providing telemedicine services
    2. State law
  3. Hypotheticals
    1. Telemedicine scenarios
    2. Other considerations
  4. Best practices for protecting health information and avoiding disclosure
  5. Questions?


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What additional privacy and security risks do telemedicine services pose for healthcare providers and business associates?
  • What practices should telemedicine providers employ to ensure HIPAA compliance and minimize the risk of disclosure?
  • What policies should healthcare entities have in place to safeguard medical information in the telemedicine context?


Claire Marblestone, Esq.
Claire Marblestone, Esq.

Foley & Lardner

Ms. Marblestone has experience advising clients in complex state and federal healthcare regulatory matters, including...  |  Read More

Rebekah A. Z. Monson, Esq.
Rebekah A. Z. Monson, Esq.

Pepper Hamilton

Ms. Monson concentrates her practice on a wide variety of healthcare matters. She counsels providers, hospitals...  |  Read More

Dayna C. Nicholson, Esq.
Dayna C. Nicholson, Esq.

Pepper Hamilton

Ms. Nicholson has significant experience in data privacy and security, health care regulatory compliance, and corporate...  |  Read More

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