Our country’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape makes the future very unpredictable. Changes are occurring everywhere – regulation and legislation, reimbursement, technology, medical advances, and even the way healthcare is accessed and consumed. These changes impact how healthcare is delivered, paid for and administered. As such, it is imperative that Konica Minolta take an active role in understanding the industry and provide healthcare solutions in order to help our customers prepare for a future that will look very different than it does today. (more…)
In 2013, a covered entity reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights that one of its workstations was infected with a malware program. This resulted in the impermissible disclosure of 1,670 individuals’ electronic protected health information. The ePHI included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, health insurance information, diagnoses and procedure codes.
The covered entity, a hospital in the Northeast, determined that the malware was a generic remote access Trojan that infiltrated their system, providing impermissible access to ePHI, because the organization did not have a firewall in place.
This is a common, basic lapse in compliance of covered entities. So, let’s examine the HIPAA settlement related to this organization. to better understand how you can improve your HIPAA compliance program. (more…)
As the old adage goes: Don’t take a good thing for granted.
How often do we do this in our personal and professional lives? Probably more than we’d like to admit. So when that good thing comes along, recognize it, take pride in it and promote it. That’s precisely what we’re doing with our interoperability capabilities as they grow and become more relevant for more of our healthcare customers. (more…)
With another HIMSS Conference behind us, it is a great time to reflect on how the healthcare industry, and healthcare IT in particular, has evolved over the years. In my experience in this industry – approximately 18 years in the healthcare IT business – things have changed dramatically. My earliest memory of the HIMSS Conference from late nineties was its focus on HIPAA. And with the passage of the legislation in 1996, administrative simplification, and implementing the ability to electronically submit claims for payment in a standardized HIPAA-compliant format, was the key messaging at the event. Today, most of us think of security when hearing the word HIPAA, but in the early stages of the legislation it was really more about improving the process of claim submission and payment, and moving away from paper claims. (more…)
Imagine a family practice office on a Monday morning with every seat in the waiting room full, and three people waiting at the check-in window. Contrast that to an Emergency Room at a community hospital on a Friday night with 40-50 patients waiting to be admitted. Each scenario is very different, but they have a few things in common – busy staff, anxious patients, and a challenging document workflow. Add to that the necessity to correctly and quickly capture patient information and clinical notes in order to satisfy billing requirements and regulatory compliance while maintaining the privacy and security of the patient.
These are typical situations in today’s healthcare environment and are complicated by the fact that electronic health records (EHR) are changing the way clinicians do business. Perhaps the biggest challenge for a healthcare provider is how to capture all of the paper documents associated with a patient visit or encounter. (more…)