By Chris Apgar, CISSP, a Partner of Phoenix Health Systems Twitter: @PhoenixHealthIT The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is in the midst of the latest round of HIPAA audits. If your organization is a business associate (BA) or a covered entity (CE) and it’s not already prepared, you have a challenge facing you. The CE desk audits are almost complete and…
By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter: @DarcyGue A record number of hospitals — nearly 80% — have signed IT department outsourcing contracts this year, or are looking to do so. A recent Black Book study says most hospital CFOs and CIOs are collaborating with external service providers to resolve bottom line pressures. They have found that outsourcing provides…
By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter: @DarcyGue A HIPAA-related bomb hit the healthcare industry this summer. The Office of Civil Rights slapped a landmark penalty on a business associate - to the tune of $650,000. This was the first ever penalty on a business associate and gives sharp teeth to the 2013 Omnibus HIPAA Rule provision that HIPAA…
By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter: @DarcyGue We healthcare writers spend a lot of time looking critically at federal compliance initiatives, especially the devils that may be in the details. Seriously, who even likes the unfortunate term “compliance?” Despite the hard knocks, HHS in fact has been an extraordinary trailblazer in modernizing American healthcare through information technology adoption.…
By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter – @DarcyGue After years of increasingly dangerous data security and privacy breaches across the American healthcare environment, HHS has decided to take preventative action. On July 25, HHS announced it will fund a new resource that will share “the most up-to-date cyber threat information across the health and public health sectors…
By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter – @DarcyGue Given the IT revolution within hospitals today, how your Service Desk analysts handle physicians and other users is more critical than ever. Disruptive trends such as sophisticated new EHRs, widespread use of devices and apps, and the growth of cloud-based services should not equate to disrupted customer service. Yet…
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