What Full Disk Encryption adds to practice management software is the complete protection of Patient information. It is considered secure under the HIPAA Breach Notification rule, as long as the software is validated under FIPS 440-2 (Federal Information Processing Standards).
If your computer, hard drive, or data is stolen and you are using Full Disk Encryption, it will not be necessary for you to report the loss under the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. However, if this happens and your Patient information is only protected by conventional passwords, it will be necessary to file such a report.
Once an office purchases and installs Full Disk Encryption software, PracticeWorks will continue to work. The encryption will not keep the software from functioning, although it has been known to slow down the processing a little bit.