USGBC Tackles Building Performance Head On

Aug. 31, 2009
By Ana Maria Valle

The goal of any successful health care project is to build highly efficient buildings where medical staff can deliver excellent care to patients, and to create an environment that is appealing and comfortable for patients, visitors and medical staff. In addition to these primary objectives, creating an environment that meets or exceeds the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act of 1996 (HIPAA) oral privacy standards not only makes legal sense, it communicates to patients how important it is to protect their privacy.


HIPAA regulations address the security and privacy of “protected health information” (PHI), with an emphasis on acoustical privacy to safeguard confidential conversations and visual privacy of a patient’s medical records. While creating successful acoustic environments can be challenging, regular sound assessments and acoustical maintenance of equipment are essential to maintaining an auditory environment that promotes the effectiveness of caregivers as well as patient rest and healing.


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