The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has some direct impacts and implications for HIPAA implementation and compliance. Individuals now have more rights regarding disclosure of their protected health information (PHI); the privacy and security provisions of HIPAA for covered entities and business associates are expanded as well. Not surprisingly, the ARRA also … [Read more…]
To meet current growth trends in health IT systems and maintenance, the number of IT workers in the field must increase by 37 percent, says professor of health informatics at Oregon Health & Science University, William Hersh. Looking at current numbers, Hersh found 108,000 full-time HIT works in U.S. Hospitals. All careers related to health … [Read more…]
Aug. 8, 2008: QuadraMed CEO Keith Hage, one day after signing a 15.8 million contract with Los Altos Hills, Calif.-based Daughters of Charity Health System, rang the NASDAQ closing bell. The bell comes also one day after QuadraMed unveiled its Smart Identity Exchange, or Smart I/X, a software system QuadraMed says is designed to integrate … [Read more…]
In Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) news: Aug. 1, University of California, San Francisco health economics professor Robert Miller estimates the cost of implementing a nationwide EHR at $150 billion. Hospitals, Miller says, will need to invest $35 billion of that to purchase and expand systems and $55 billion to maintain and operate them over eight … [Read more…]
In order to protect the public from possible abuse of their personal genetic information, Congress has voted to ban genetic discrimination in the workplace. The new law addresses questions raised by advances in genetic testing that go beyond the scope of HIPAA. The main thrust of this bill is to deny the opportunity to misuse … [Read more…]
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