Yes, unless the patient specifically requests they don't want it encrypted.
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I am guessing that PACs systems and cardiology applications may differ in their capability to encrypt vs not....if the USPS would lose it, I would consider this a breach if unencrypted......
Thank you for responding. I believe a lot of the time these are given to the patient to be hand delivered to another provider, a specialist given that we are a smaller, rural community hospital. Would you still consider encryption if they were safely delivered to the patient? Perhaps I can find some sort of compromise with this group.
When a CD with images is given to a patient to take to a specialist and it is not encrypted, I would think once the patient has it in their possession, you are no longer responsible for what happens to it – the patient's responsibility to get it to the specialist.