The following is a guest post from Dr. Cahit Jay Akin
Today’s healthcare systems are a far cry from the systems your mother new. Today, healthcare is largely (an increasingly) data-driven, and a patient’s full medical history is fully contained within an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR). And those records need to be managed and transmitted in an effective and secure fashion between healthcare providers and other entities.
For the purposes of this discussion, ‘EMR’ is a term that refers to the medical data that’s collected in a single provider’s office. Electronic Health Records (EHR) is a more comprehensive set of data that provides a more comprehensive view of the patient and their medical history. But whether we’re talking about EMR or EHR, both are data-sets that are particular to the healthcare information of individual patients, and both benefit from an efficient network for transmitting those records.
The Effects of HIPAA
Of course, any EMR/EHR management system or network needs to be fully compliant with HIPAA policies. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA mandates the requirements for healthcare information to be portable between different healthcare providers, laying out rules for how healthcare records are standardized, managed, and transferred between healthcare providers, insurance companies, and other third parties. [Read more…]