Category Archives: HITECH

HHS Secretary Tom Price Stresses Burdens of Health Care IT

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price spoke about the future of innovation in health care IT during his opening remarks at Health Datapalooza 2017. “People, patients, and partnerships” are going to be the driving forces behind the Trump Administration’s work in health care IT. Secretary Price commented on reducing the burden of… Read More »

HIPAA Police –Are They Coming For You?

As reported by Health and Human Services (HHS) HIPAA fines and audits are significantly on the rise. 5% of practices are being audited against the HITECH Act and Omnibus Rule. Are you compliant? “How do all these regulations affect me as a Healthcare Covered Entity or Business Associate?” To answer that question, let’s first look… Read More »

Risk Assessment for HIPAA Breach: The Elephant in the Room

Performing HIPAA risk assessments is among the list of priorities of practitioners, as it’s necessary to keep their practices and patients protected. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Security of patient data is an important part of government regulations that effect physicians’ business and safety of patients’ health data. What physicians forget most… Read More »

Why Isn’t An EHR As Simple As A Smartphone?

The world’s first commercially sold mobile phone was a 28-ounce, $3,395 Motorola phone, the DynaTAC 8000X, launched in 1983. That’s around $9,000 in today’s money, and more than six times heavier than recently released iPhone 6 which costs as little as $200. The difference of features between the two phones is beyond unbelievable; an undeniable… Read More »

HIPAA Compliance Software and Meaningful Use Stage 2

The HITECH Act established the regulations and guidelines for the establishment of EHR’s to be demonstrated through a variety of meaningful use objectives. HITECH Meaningful Use Stage 2, started in 2014, establishes stricter regulations for the privacy and security rules of HIPAA and focuses on encryption of ePHI while using advanced clinical processes. The attention… Read More »

HIPAA Regulations for Radiologists 101

HIPAA regulations are a complex set of rules and regulations that are designed to promote a more patient oriented medical system that enhances patient care. HIPAA regulations that promote the accessibility of medical records to patients and increase the security of electronic patient health information are also included in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. Radiologists often… Read More »

Mitigating circumstances which surround Due Diligence and the HIPAA and HITECH Act

Significant liability potential as well as heightened enforcement surrounds one aspect of the healthcare industry.  Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health Act, a corporation may suffer extensive civil and criminal penalties if they violate or give out any person’s protected health… Read More »