Protecting Patient Information in Images Used in Accredited CME/CE

ACCME Highlights (08/11/20)

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) is cautioning accredited CME providers that confidential patient data cropped out of images in PDF or PowerPoint files may still be file features that are visible online. ACCME reminds providers to share instructions with their faculty to help ensure that images in CME presentations comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. One suggestion is to crop and save the image outside of PowerPoint or other Microsoft Office product, and only add the image into the presentation after the cropped image has been saved using another program. Free or open source programs like Paint (for Windows) or Gimp (for Windows or MAC) are helpful in this regard. An alternative is to compress the image after cropping, selecting the "Delete cropped areas of pictures" check box to ensure that sensitive content is no longer accessible.

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