The medical world has gone mobile. Whether through the implementation of EHRs at any given hospital or the use of smartphones for clinicians and patients alike, technology's role in the medical field is here to stay. Would life be easier if you could check the following on the go:
- DRUG REFERENCE
- DIRECTORY LOOKUP
- ON-CALL INFORMATION
- ENCRYPTED, TRACEABLE PEER-TO-PEER MESSAGING
- ENCRYPTED, TRACEABLE PATIENT-TO-DOCTOR/NURSE/OFFICE MESSAGING
Tulsa Internet Marketing news: HIPAA TRUTHS & MYTHS
OUR EMR RUNS IN AN ASP ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HIPAA COMPLIANT, SO WE'RE FINE.
TRUTH: Environments cannot be HIPAA compliant. Only organizations can become compliant through a comprehensive process.
Our xyz product is hipaa compliant.
TRUTH: No product is HIPAA compliant. Organizations can only become compliant through a comprehensive process.
the hitech act doesn't change hipaa; it just pushes electronic medical records.
TRUTH: The HIGHTECH Act has significantly strengthened the HIPAA Rules in three specific ways; rule enforcement, penalties for non-compliance and the inclusion of business associates.
we're good. we've had all our patients sign that privacy paperwork.
TRUTH: That's not enough. The rules also include safeguarding patient information and much more. Non-compliant organizations will face penalties.
it doesn't apply to my medical practice.
TRUTH: It applies to ALL covered entities - even solo practitioners.
it's only an addreSsable specification - it's not required. and we have chosen not to address it.
TRUTH: Addressable does not mean optional. The standards must be implemented. No exceptions.
BUSINESS ASSOCIATES HAVE TO COMPLY ONLY AS THEY DID BEFORE.
TRUTH: Business associates are subject to the same standards as covered entities.
installing emr doesn't change what we do in our office.
TRUTH: Installing EMR means you must comply with the Security Rule to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI.
it's too complicated to enforce. they'll never come after my practice.
TRUTH: HHS / OCR has investigated and resolved nearly 18,000 cases (as of 9/2012). Private practices are the MOST COMMON among covered entities required to take corrective action.
enforcement is only for covered entities. business associates just follow the contract.
TRUTH: Business associates are subject to the SAME standards as covered entities.