ONC Releases First Web-based Security Training Game

The Office of the National Coordinator  (ONC) has released an excellent Privacy and Security Game.  It can help health care professionals learn how to make sure all the data in your office is securely handled.  I played the first part of the game and enjoyed the questions.  I’m sure they will get tougher as the

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672 Pages of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

  The final rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use is a whopping 672 pages.  The biggest surprise was the lowering of thresholds for achieving certain measures like mandatory online access and electronic exchange of summary of care documents.  They also served up an increased emphasis on encryption as a data security measure for what they

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HIPAA Requirements – Surviving the Blitz

  I’ve worked in many healthcare facilities and must admit to seeing and overhearing some blatant violations of HIPAA requirements.  Some breaches were simple ignorance of the regulations while others were just plain dumb.  There are some easy solutions to possible leaks in small practices.  If patient information that you store is improperly accessed or

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Maximize Your EMR With Built In Success

The application of  EMR to support the delivery of healthcare has become an essential component of a modern physician practice.  Because of the swift evolution of these technologies, doctors and staff must be able to adhere to different workflow and be well trained and motivated to utilize the capabilities of a new system.  Below are a few tips

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Giving Health Records to Patients

All Americans have a legal right to see and obtain a copy of their health records.  This is called “right to access” a term the Department of Health and Human Services uses to explain the law.  Any healthcare provider, (doctor, hospital, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes) is required to provide these documents to their patients. The

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What is Your Electronic Health Records Backup Plan?

What is Your Electronic Health Records Backup Plan? How can you insure that your precious patient data is protected in the event of a natural disaster or fire?  Even daily events like a hard drive crash or power failure is hard to recover from without a well structured backup plan that secures your records. The first

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Register for CMS and ONC’s Joint National Provider Call on Using Certified EHR Technology to Meet Meaningful Use

  CMS and ONC are holding a joint National Provider Call on Wednesday, June 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals to hear an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and learn about the use of certified EHR technology to meet meaningful

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mHealth $ Billions of Posiblilities

  We’ve commented about mHealth (mobile health) before here at the Iron Comet blog.  But because the technology is continuing to evolve along with the potential savings and convenience, we thought it important to keep you up to date. Surveys have shown that most patients want to use digital and mobile technologies in their medical care. 

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Reliable Systems and Healthcare Specific IT

  Healthcare facilities are a different breed compared to other markets for information technology.  Being a highly scrutinized industry, this market demands that technology solutions meet regulatory requirements in several areas including confidentiality and the privacy of patient information.  (HIPPA) Providers who successfully implement EMR systems like Mckesson’s Medisoft Clinical or Lytec ultimately partner with

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Five Easy Steps to Prevent a Data Breach

  A surprising bit of information was revealed in the Verizon 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report recently.  It stated that organizations between 11 and 100 employees reported 436 data breaches last year, six times as many as companies with 101 to 1,000 employees.  What’s alarming is that the small business owners who were surveyed believe they are

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