HIPAA rules are set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are documented in the Privacy Rule with specific rules regarding the sharing of information between health care providers. Dental laboratories and Dentists are both considered “Health Care Providers” and as such are permitted to share patient information and treatment activities.Furthermore, according to the ADA the Privacy Rule states that there is no requirement for a Business Associate Agreement between the dental laboratory and the dental practice. “Protected Health Information”, such as SS #'s, telephone numbers, birth dates, medical records, or information that relates the patient to their name on the work authorization or their relatives is not shared from the dental office to the laboratory. The information shared is only used to identify the materials sent to the laboratory.
The dental office does have the option of using codes rather than names is so desired.
ROE Dental Laboratory maintains a high level of data security on-site and in transit of cases and data between our laboratory and our valued customers.
Additional Information: Laboratories Don't Need Business Agreements Under HIPAA