Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule permit health care providers to obtain an electronic acknowledgement of the notice from individuals?
Yes. For notice delivered electrically, an electronic return receipt or other return transmission from the individual is considered a valid written acknowledgment of the notice. A provider who gives his paper notice to a patient during a face-to-face encounter with the individual at first service delivery may also obtain an electronic acknowledgment from the individual, provided that the individual’s acknowledgment is in writing. Thus, a receptionist’s notation in the provider’s computer system of the individual’s receipt of the notice would not be considered a valid written acknowledgment of the individual.