According the report printed in Government Technology, one of the key objectives driving the investment in IT include ensuring that patients’ health information remains private and secure, while supporting patients’ control over the personal health records. Other objectives include:
- Offering cost and quality information on payers and providers so consumers can make more informed decisions;
- Using IT to improve the management of chronic diseases, community-based long-term care, public health surveillance and a certificate-of-need process;
- Preparing for emergencies by allowing for the exchange of health information, including medications and lab test results; and
- Increasing the use of telemedicine, remote monitoring devices and other applications to help clinicians and providers in rural and underserved areas.
Helen’s HIPAA Hint : Providers, organizations and states exploring interoperable systems must be mindful of evolving “best practices” regarding privacy and security, and can learn from their predecessors’ successes and failures in this regard.