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A Guide: Ensuring Patient Privacy in Mobile Medical Coaches

A Guide: Ensuring Patient Privacy in Mobile Medical Coaches

Patient care and privacy are vital for every mobile and fixed healthcare facility. Since mobile coaches are typically smaller, guaranteeing privacy can be a challenge. So, how is patient privacy ensured during examinations in mobile medical coaches?

As experienced mobile health unit manufacturers, we always ensure they are built according to the highest standards. Along with the building aspect, we can assist you with solutions to protect your patient’s privacy and healthcare data.

Let’s find out what measures are taken to protect patient privacy in mobile medical coaches!

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How Is Patient Privacy Ensured During Examinations in Mobile Medical Coaches?

Patient privacy is a fundamental right and a legal requirement during examinations. In addition, according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), healthcare facilities are obligated to protect all patient information.

Consequently, we must have all the regulations in mind in the process of mobile health coach production. When designing your mobile unit, we might offer different solutions for ensuring patient privacy during the examination. Regarding privacy during examination, the most common and best options are:

  • Building separate examination spaces
  • Installing curtains
  • Using portable partitions

Per your request, we can also build semi-private examination rooms. The room will have walls on three sides and a curtain on the fourth.

How to choose a way to ensure privacy in examination rooms

Many ask us: are privacy curtains or dividers used during examinations in mobile medical coaches? At Craftsmen Industries, we always want to look at the bigger picture. Consequently, we consider many factors when searching for the best solution for your mobile coach.

Types of medical exams provided

First, we need to know what types of examinations will be conducted by your medical coach. There are many sensitive procedures and examination processes where a separate room will be preferred for enhanced patient privacy. To illustrate, endoscopy mobile units providing their target group colonoscopy procedures should have private rooms.

On the other hand, there are many medical fields where a curtain or portable partition will be more than enough. This might be the case for blood tests, measurements of body functions, and even certain physical exams.

Flexibility and mobility

Other considerations are more technical and depend on your preferences as our client. For instance, the space you have available can determine the best option. Don't hesitate to add one if you have a mobile clinic with enough space for a private and closed examination room.

Furthermore, if your predictions are that your mobile clinic will have a large volume of patients, having curtains or partitions will give your staff more flexibility. They can easily adjust the layout of the mobile clinic to respond adequately to the patient’s demands.


From a manufacturer's perspective, the portable partitions are the most straightforward and probably the cheapest option. Next on the list by affordability are curtains, which are convenient and easy to install.

Ultimately, constructing separate examination rooms in your medical coach clinic will cost you the most. Regardless of the cost, you will provide your patients with the hospital-like privacy they deserve.

Pros and cons of the options for providing patient privacy

Before deciding, you should also weigh the pros and cons of each option you have.

Separate examination rooms

Separate examination rooms are ideal if you want to achieve maximum privacy. Also, you will have enough space to provide your patient with the required care and space for all the supplies.

One of the drawbacks of setting up traditional examination rooms is the limited space in the mobile setting. Although we can build different-sized mobile coaches, generally, there is room for up to three small examination rooms per mobile unit. If you want the examination room to be spacious, it might be best to have only one.


Curtains are excellent for maximizing space utilization. You can either get a portable or a fixed one. Another advantage is that they offer quick access to the patient and decent privacy for routine checkups.

Although they generally offer good visual isolation, they have no soundproofing features. This might be an issue for some patients because their confidentiality might be compromised during conversations and exams. 

Lastly, curtains are hard to clean, making it harder to keep the environment sterile. Of course, you can use single-use hospital curtains, but they require proper waste management and have a huge impact on the environment. Hence, some disadvantages of putting curtains to divide examination spaces in mobile health units can be overcome using three-sided walls.

Portable partitions

Portable partitions or medical dividers are commonly used in mobile medical units. The two main advantages of partitions are the ease of setup and the adjustments. 

They can easily be transferred to the area of the vehicle where you need them. Just like the curtains, they are cost-effective and allow you to utilize your space better. 

Dividers come with a fair share of drawbacks. Depending on their quality, they include limited sound as well as visual isolation and a possible lack of stability and durability.

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How Is Sensitive Patient Information Securely Stored in Mobile Medical Coaches?

Healthcare providers, including mobile coaches, are subject to HIPAA regulations if they electronically transmit health information in transactions such as:

  • Benefit eligibility inquiries
  • Referral authorization requests
  • Claims
  • Other transactions

While we can build your mobile clinic so that you can provide privacy during examinations, you will have to take care of HIPAA compliance. So, how are patient records kept confidential in mobile medical coaches? 

We can only help you understand in a general sense. There are complex data security and confidentiality measures you must take. For starters, when patients register in mobile coach units, they should do so privately.

Next, HIPAA compliance requires your mobile health unit to have physical, network, and process security measures. You must do everything in your power to protect the privacy of your patient’s health information. Some of the physical and technical safeguards for the patient’s data privacy include:

  • Special policies regulate the use and access of electronic media where the patient data is stored.
  • Restrictions for handling electronic media and ePHI.
  • Having a system for reviewing PHI requests.
  • System for immediate patient notification when a breach happens.
  • Keeping the data in storage with authorized access.
  • Cybersecurity measures, etc.

Other things you can do to maximize patient privacy

Two of the most overlooked ways for maximizing patient privacy are human-related. In other words, the behavior of your staff and patients can be a crucial factor in improving confidentiality.

Educate your staff on the importance of patient privacy and confidentiality. Train them how to register the patients and provide them care while respecting their privacy.

Also, you can inform your patients about their rights. Since mobile health units target communities in need, they might not be familiar with the measures they need to take to protect their privacy.


How is patient privacy ensured during examinations in mobile medical coaches? To recap, you can build separate examination spaces, install curtains, or use portable partitions.

Our experienced team at Craftsmen Industries can help you achieve an optimal balance between patient privacy, space optimization, and ease of access. It will be all according to your budget.

Now that you understand how patient privacy is ensured during examinations in mobile medical coaches, you can get in touch with us so that we can start discussing the details of your mobile clinic.

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