Legal: Take Care Not to Trigger HIPAA When Outsourcing Medical 3D Printing

3D printing companies also should take care when preparing models for hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. Generally, if a 3D printing company is the recipient of protected health information, the company becomes a “business associates”, subject to a number of the HIPAA regulations, such as requirements to adopt designated policies and procedures, conduct a security risk assessment and train the company’s workforce on HIPAA compliance. The company can avoid these compliance efforts by working with its health care clients to ensure that no protected health information is transmitted during the arrangement.

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