Many Healthcare Organizations Remain Paper-Based Despite Having EHR
As healthcare organizations continue to move towards making the investment in EHR technology, a survey by Anoto reveals that many organizations have not decreased their reliance on paper-based processes.
Transaction Technology Critical To Meaningful Use Stage 2
Health IT is at a critical juncture with the technical NPRM for Stage 2 of meaningful use (MU). There have always been questions about whether enough standards, implementation guidance, and policies would be expressed ahead of the huge HITECH EHR investment in order to leverage an interoperable health IT infrastructure for health reform needs.
A recent study from HIMSS Analytics and Kroll Advisory Solutions found that medical organizations are far behind with respect to having sound privacy protections in place. The study along with data from The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the department within The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responsible for enforcing the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules shows that over the last few years, protected health information (PHI) breaches are increasing at an alarming rate.
Latest HIPAA Violation Affects Phoenix Based Practice
On April 19, 2012 the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reported that a Phoenix based cardiology practice has agreed to pay HHS a $100,000 settlement for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
Best Practices for PHI Data Security and Selecting the Right Cloud Computing Provider
In recent months, cloud computing is a topic that is getting a lot of attention especially when applying the technology in healthcare. Cloud computing is becoming more attractive to medical organizations predominately due to the benefits that the technology offers including reduced enterprise IT infrastructure and power consumption costs, scalability, flexibility, and accessibility.
As members of the HIT Policy Committee debated the proposed Stage 2 meaningful use regulations on Wednesday, April 4th, many expressed concerns that the rules would require eligible providers to collect data for too many measures.
If you’re still trying to understand exactly what the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) is, take comfort. You’re not alone. But the canvas – often impressionistic if not downright abstract – is on the verge of manifesting a certain focus on enabling public-private healthcare interoperability and partnerships.
Is HHS on the Verge of Delaying ICD-10 Compliance Date?
The loose contingent of health professionals railing against the ICD-10 delay will likely consider this welcome news: There is a document circulating the Web right now – with a stamp at the top suggesting it will be published in the Federal Register on April 17, 2012 – in which HHS proposes that the new compliance date for ICD-10 be October 1, 2014.