Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to allow for the sharing of health information. If a patient, for example, is found to have an allergy to penicillin at the family doctor’s office, then emergency room and other medical providers should be able to see the allergy in their EHR systems. Unfortunately, EHR systems do not ...
Mar 25th, 2015
Those who work in the healthcare industry know all too well how important it is to protect the health information entrusted to them. That doesn’t make the task any easier. Even large health insurance companies with megabucks to spend on securing their clients’  health information are vulnerable to the attacks of cyber criminals—even Premera Blue Cross. ...
Part II: Extend privacy beyond federal healthcare regulations. by Emily Caron, Esq. Unlike many other countries, the United States does not have a single specific agency to regulate privacy. Citizens rely on a complicated patchwork of federal, state, and private entities to protect their rights to privacy. In addition to federal enforcement, state attorneys general ...
Sep 30th, 2013
September 23 is right around the corner. Has your practice updated its standard privacy notice yet? Covered entities—including health care providers who conduct covered healthcare transactions electronically—are required to develop and distribute a notice to patients that provides a clear, user-friendly explanation of the provider’s privacy practices and patients’ rights to privacy of protect...
The number of eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) that successfully met and attested to Stage 1 meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) has been tabulated for 2011, and the number is better than many had predicted. According to a white paper by RTI International, prepared for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...