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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter November 2012

HITECH Act Compliance is a Team Sport:  Is your team HITECH ready?

 November  2012 Issue No. 35
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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our November 2012 HITECH / HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  


The featured article this month is entitled: HITECH/HIPAA: Understanding the Public Policy Rationale. It provides readers with a perspective on the public policy rationale that underpins the HITECH/HIPAA statutes and regulations. Its central argument is that without a well grounded understanding of the policy, many practitioners will remain lost in the weeds and unable to comprehend the essence of what is required to comply.



FREE WEBINAR: This Webinar complements this month's article by exploring the public policy rationale that underpins HITECH/HIPAA.



Date: November 14, 2012. 

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 EST. 

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Our EHR Library remains one of our most popular downloads. Here you will find content that will help you select the right EHR package for your practice or facility and other useful EHR collateral.
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Main_Article HITECH/HIPAA: Understanding the Public Policy Rationale.
Webtones Pointer There is probably no hotter cyberlaw issue today than privacy ("Privacy"). Consumers often ask, "What are all those e-commerce sites doing with our data?" Businesses need to be aware of the various statutes and regulations that govern the collection and dissemination of personal data.

A well drafted website privacy policy (and enforcement of same) is imperative for all online businesses. It should go without saying that whatever information is collected must also be protected. Negligence with respect to how private information is secured may lead to legal liability, not to mention the loss of business and embarrassment in the marketplace. 


Although the above summary of Privacy is true for online businesses in general, it is especially true for HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates that are (finally) moving into the 21st century in terms of electronic communications. The United States does not have a strong privacy culture similar to what currently exists in the EU. That is except for two major industries: 1) healthcare; and 2) financial services.


The financial services industry "paid its dues" about a decade ago and has been mostly improving its privacy and security initiatives ever since. As we often state, ad nauseam perhaps, privacy and security initiatives are processes and not one time events


HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterWhat's Different Now for Healthcare?


Essentially what's different is that the electronic business world has changed entirely since HIPAA was first promulgated. Although the HITECH Act has been an important catalyst, it's now the marketplace driving change much more than government


Innovation is the real disruptor and has been for the last three years. Innovation's relentless push toward an uncertain future is inexorable. There is simply no stopping this tsunami, which continues to pound the industry with wave after wave of change.


Key Contract Sections The industry has had to deal with ObamaCare, with Accountable Care Organizations, with Meaningful Use Stages 1 through n, with the HITECH Act, with a mobile/social media explosion, with acquisitions and mergers, and with the feeding frenzy driven by technology vendors that see healthcare as the next 100 Billion Dollar Market.
If there is any hope of understanding where privacy and security "naturally" fit into all of this, we will have to "get wonky with it." So if you want get your wonk on, click below.


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