HIPAA is a big deal to physician practices and other organizations and individuals that handle patients personal health data. Although it can't guarantee perfect security, technology is playing a major role in helping everyone who handles medical information to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
This week's Clinical Documentation News Roundup includes articles on HIPAA technology and how it's helping physicians, other healthcare providers and everyone else who handles health data keep that information safe.
- How HIPAA Affects Healthcare Cloud Computing Decisions from HealthITSecurity: "By implicating every covered entity and BA, HIPAA is holding all parties that come in contact with patient data responsible in the event of a breach. When the BAs and covered entities are held responsible, they are more likely to take the necessary security measures to protect themselves and the data."
- Healthcare Predictive Analytics and the HIPAA Omnibus Rule from SearchHealthIT: "Healthcare predictive analytics holds so much promise: The technology could help hospitals understand which patients are most likely to need follow-up care, therefore reducing readmissions. It could also assist primary care doctors in managing large patient populations with diverse illnesses. However, the industry has been slower to embrace the power of data analytics than other sectors, such as manufacturing and retail. Why? The HIPAA omnibus rule's more stringent privacy rule, for one thing, said speakers at the O'Reilly Strata Rx 2013 Conference."
- Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted? from The Huffington Post: "In fact, without encryption, there really is no effective way to keep electronic patient data secure. And it's easy. That's right. There is nothing all that difficult about encrypting EHRs and other sensitive patient data -- and when you consider the alternatives to encryption, and how damaging those alternatives are to patient and health care provider alike, you'd have to be insane not to encrypt."
- Texas Gets Tough on Patient Privacy from Government Health IT: "The new law requires providers and relevant covered entities to give patients access to digital copies of their EHRs within 15 business days of a written request, compared to 30 days under HIPAA, and it also imposes fines for wrongful disclosure ranging from $5,000 to $1.5 million per year — in addition to any federal penalties — based on the risk of patient harm, compliance history and other factors."
- LIVE from MGMA13: An Action Plan for HIPAA Omnibus Compliance from Healthcare Informatics: "On Oct. 8 at the MGMA annual conference in San Diego, Calif., two MGMA Government Affairs members and an independent attorney gave attendees a summary and analysis of the latest changes to key federal privacy and security requirements, including breach notification, business associates and new patient rights, all part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule published earlier this year."