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HIPAA, HITECH & HIT Legal Issues, Developments and Other Pertinent Information Relating To The Creation, Use and Exchange of Electronic Health Records

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Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders – The Need for an IT Champion to Serve as a Link between IT Personnel and Other Stakeholders – Installment 7

Posted in Governance Issues, Health IT

This is the seventh installment in a series of blog posts that relate to the governance concerns surrounding developments in HIPAA, HITECH and HIT. For a number of months this series has been emphasizing the importance of establishing a credible and knowledgeable liaison at the governing body and/or senior administrative level to articulate and educate… Continue Reading

Distressed Hospital Survival Through HIT?

Posted in Governance Issues, Health IT

[Installment 6 - Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders] On August 4, 2009 the Associated Press reported at http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-04-electronic-medical-records_N.htm that Sac-Osage Hospital, a 47-bed hospital in rural western Missouri, “is borrowing nearly $1 million to pitch its paper medical charts and purchase a state-of-the-art electronic health records  [EHR] system. The… Continue Reading

Relationship of “Meaningful Use” of EHR, and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted in EHR and PHR, Governance Issues, HITECH Act, Meaningful Use

[Installment 5 - Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders]  This is the fifth in a series of blog posts that relate to the governance concerns surrounding developments in HIPAA, HITECH and HIT.  The other week, two separate and apparently unrelated events occurred on consecutive days with respect to electronic health records… Continue Reading

Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders

Posted in Governance Issues

[Installment 1] The pressure on healthcare providers to convert to electronic medical records (EMR) as part of the overall HIT movement has increased dramatically in recent months. Promulgations from HHS and FTC, the federal stimulus package and HITECH, which recently heavily-amended HIPAA, create new challenges for healthcare providers.   Over the next several months, my blog… Continue Reading