Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and strategic business process services, has published a white paper to help healthcare providers and organizations understand security and privacy protections for personal health information as it pertains to the Federal Government’s HITECH Act and meaningful use measures. “Privacy and Security Considerations for EHR Incentives and Meaningful Use” focuses on the privacy and security aspects of the measures, Electronic Health Record (EHR) certification criteria, and standards included in meaningful use. Health care providers and professionals will gain insight into future expectations and compliance as they prepare to seek government funding through the EHR incentive program, which requires ‘meaningful use’ of EHRs.
Meaningful use measures cover a wide range of functional and technical capabilities, but there is only one measure related to security and privacy. As stated in the proposed rule and required under the HIPAA Security Rule, organizations implementing EHR technology must “conduct or review a security risk analysis and implement security updates as necessary” to demonstrate eligibility for the incentive program. Many healthcare organizations are not prepared to comply despite the fact that this measure is already an obligation under HIPAA. [Read more…]