Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another internet success story.

I had a new patient today, a hispanic woman and her husband. They spoke no English. As they were filling out the forms, I noticed my staff giving the husband a HIPAA compliance form to sign. The form was in English. He signed it.

Something told me that that probabably would not hold up in court.

Off to the internet.
  • Google "HIPAA forms spanish"
  • 30 seconds later click on link to Montefiore Med Center in the Bronx.
  • Adobe PDF HIPAA form downloaded 5 seconds later and printed.
  • Patient signs Spanish form 5 seconds after that.
  • PDF file saved in FORMS directory as "Spanish HIPAA".

Now we're ready for the next Spanish speaker.

Gotta love it.