What HIPAA Means for Care Providers and EHR vendors?

What HIPAA means for care providers and EHR vendors?
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Guest post by Scott Parker, Cure MD

The HIPAA Privacy Rule regulates the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) held by “covered entities.”These entities generally include healthcare clearinghouses, employer sponsored health plans, health insurers, and healthcare providers.

PHI is any information held by a covered entity concerning the health status, provision of healthcare, or payment for healthcare that can be linked to an individual.

Covered entities must disclose PHI to the individual within 30 days upon request. They also must disclose PHI when required to do so by law, such as reporting suspected child abuse to state child welfare agencies.

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Epocrates’ Annual Mobile Trends Survey: More Tools to Meet their Clinical Needs

According to Epocrates’ annual mobile trends survey physicians and other providers have an urgent need for tools and resources that can assist them in meeting more stringent and complex requirements around administrative tracking, economic trajectories of different therapies, and ultimately, patient outcomes. Clinicians clearly endorse the viability of mobile technology to enable rapid access to clinical information and communication among a growing roster of caregivers.

Industry stakeholders, such as EHR providers, pharmaceutical companies, technology firms and content owners, must now determine how best to leverage this groundswell of behavioral input to inform product development and marketing programs that support providers in successfully embracing these rapidly evolving models of healthcare.

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Transitioning to ICD-10: How Neutrality Analytics Can Help

Guest post by Vijay Gaware, associate practice manager, MphasiS.

For the healthcare industry, one of the most hard-hitting changes in recent years is ICD-10. One of the most complex regulatory mandates, transitioning to ICD-10 encompasses providers, payers and claims clearing houses. As a result, the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 has a far-reaching impact on any organization’s structure, affecting people, processes and technologies.

With October 2014 fast-approaching, healthcare organizations are switching gears and racing to achieve ICD-10 compliance.

Organizations across the board are adopting various measures, such as analyzing the impact, redesigning the architecture, developing the systems, and, finally, testing to ensure ICD-10 compliance.

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HIT Thought Leader Highlight: Andrew Gelman, PDR Network

HIT Thought Leader Highlight: Andrew Gelman, PDR Network
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Andrew Gelman, senior vice president, corporate development and EHR vendor relations and general counsel of PDR Network discusses the organization, patient adherence and how EHRs may enhance patient care.

What is your role at PDR Network in terms of working with the company’s EHR vendor partnership network?

As senior vice president–EHR Vendor Relations at PDR Network, I work directly with EHR vendors to understand their systems, identify opportunities where PDR solutions can enhance their systems for providers, and developing strategic partnerships. I am the primary point of contact for members of our growing PDR Certified EHR Network,that now includes 28 industry leading partners, delivering valuable PDR services via 225 EHR platforms and reaching more than 160,000 EHR-based prescribers.

Tell me more about the PDR Network and its value proposition? What elements make it a long-lasting viable option?

As the industry leader in drug information, PDR has been a trusted partner to healthcare providers for generations. With the adoption of EHR systems the provider workflow has changed, but their need for up-to-date, FDA-approved prescribing information has not.  We have developed solutions that can be easily integrated into partner EHR systems to deliver PDR’s prescribing and patient support information to their end users:

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HIT Thought Leader Highlight: Andrew Gelman, PDR Network

AGelmanAndrew Gelman, senior vice president, Corporate Development and EHR Vendor Relations and general counsel for PDR Network discusses the organization, trends for patient adherence and engagements and how EHRs will continue to enhance the care experience.

What is your role at PDR Network in terms of working with the company’s EHR vendor partnership network?

As senior vice president–EHR Vendor Relations at PDR Network, I work directly with EHR vendors to understand their systems, identify opportunities where PDR solutions can enhance their systems for providers, and developing strategic partnerships. I am the primary point of contact for members of our growing PDR Certified EHR Network, that now includes 28 industry leading partners, delivering valuable PDR services via 225 EHR platforms and reaching more than 160,000 EHR-based prescribers.

Tell me more about the PDR Network and its value proposition? What elements make it a long-lasting viable option?

As the industry leader in drug information, PDR has been a trusted partner to healthcare providers for generations. With the adoption of EHR systems the provider workflow has changed, but their need for up-to-date, FDA-approved prescribing information has not.  We have developed solutions that can be easily integrated into partner EHR systems to deliver PDR’s prescribing and patient support information to their end users:

• PDR BRIEF delivers just the key information that the provider needs at the point of prescribing,

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Consumers Worldwide Will Allow Access to Personal Data for Clear Benefits, Says Infosys Study

According the results of a recent survey by Infosys, consumers worldwide overwhelmingly will share personal information to get better service from their doctor; however, they are very discerning about how they share.

For example, Americans, Europeans and Australians feel comfortable sharing data with doctors (90 percent), banks (76 percent) and retailers (70 percent); however, the research shows contrasting nuances.

Consumers won’t readily share personal medical history with doctors. The study shows consumers understand the benefits of sharing data but remain cautious of data mining (especially in Europe): 39 percent globally describe data mining as invasive while also saying it is helpful (35 percent), convenient (32 percent) and time saving (33 percent).

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10 Ways Document Viewing and Conversion Technologies Improve Healthcare IT Efficiency

Guest post by Simon Wieczner, president and CEO of Snowbound Software.

It’s rare to find an organization where document management doesn’t play a major role in day-to-day operations, and healthcare is no exception. Advancements in patient record technology have revolutionized how healthcare systems operate and have greatly improved patient information sharing between different physicians, departments and even disparate organizations.

With recent HIPAA regulations and the impending Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) mandates, which require electronic health records (EHR) adoption by 2015, the focus on technology in the healthcare space will only get stronger in the coming months, as more and more organizations put measures in place to achieve compliance.

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Controlling EHR Issues While Empowering Patients to Take Control of their Health

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Guest post Ruby Raley is director of healthcare solutions at Axway

One little-discussed but widely recognized aim of the HITECH Act’s meaningful use Stage 2 requirements is to stem rising costs and improve outcomes by engaging the consumer to take control of their healthcare. But how is the consumer supposed to take control of anything when their health plan determines which clinicians and hospitals they can visit, and their doctor controls their health record?

That’s an issue the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognized as they developed the incentives for the HITECH Act. To address it, they adopted the electronic health record (EHR), a tool that (1) helps clinicians and hospitals reap incentives and avoid penalties by proving they’ve achieved meaningful use, and (2) puts the certification burden on EHR vendors instead of clinicians and hospitals.

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Athenahealth Physician Sentiment Index Shows Industry Confusion, Grim Outlook on Healthcare’s Future for the Solo Doc

athenahealth released the results from its fourth annual Physician Sentiment Index (PSI), which each year checks the pulse of a national pool of physicians to see how they’re feeling about navigating various industry changes and challenges.

According to athena, the company leveraged the Epocrates’ physician user base to survey to 1,200 providers to identify information on physician awareness and opinions of healthcare and health IT.

As might be expected, the results of the survey include findings and some notable themes:

Doctors Who Go it Alone are Hurting the Most – Again, a trend we continue to see and as we might continue to expect as more corporate health system money gets pumped into the ambulatory market, independent doctors, who account for just more than half of the physicians surveyed, are feeling the most pressure when it comes to industry change and requirements.

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What To Look For In the Ideal Practice Management Software?

What to look for in the Ideal Practice Management Software?
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Guest post by Scott Parker, Cure MD.

Among the many misconceptions providers have about using a practice management software for their daily workflow, they believe that the software slows them down. A good PM software will never slow the doctor down and instead, will make their workflows efficient, save them time, remove the daily monotony of work and reduce the paper work.

The second misconception providers have about practice management software is that it makes them spend lesser amounts of time with their patients. While this may be true for those providers who still don’t know how to effectively use the software, it is entirely false because a practice management software actually allows providers to spend more time with their patients.

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