HealthLeaders Media IT - June 23, 2009 | Meaningful Use: All Stick and No Carrot
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Meaningful Use: All Stick
And No Carrot

Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

The initial reaction to the HIT Policy Committee's recommendations for the definition of "meaningful use" of electronic health records was shock and concern. Even though the policy committee was more aggressive in its first draft of recommendations than many healthcare executives expected, many industry leaders still applauded the goals of the committee. [Read More]
June 23, 2009
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CCHIT proposes three certification options
The Certification Commission for Healthcare IT would allow healthcare providers and health IT developers to pursue three different paths for electronic health record certification, according to a recent proposal. The new options attempt to address concerns from open-source software developers about the costs and licensing issues involved with certification. [Read More]

Patients at Boston Hospital to get a look at physicians' notes
Should patients be allowed to see their doctors' notes online? Some physicians fear that patients will misunderstand medical jargon or take offense at a blunt observation. Remember that Seinfeld episode where Elaine discovers that her doctor wrote she was "difficult" so she attempts to steal her medical record? Soon patients at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will be able to read what their physician writes about them without resorting to theft. BIDMC is about to begin a project called "open notes," which will allow 25,000 to 35,000 patients to read their physicians' notes for a year as part of their online medical record. Researchers hope to learn whether the notes prove to be more useful than objectionable. [Read More]

Many Business Associates Not Ready to Comply with HIPAA
Business associates like third-party billers, software vendors with access to personal health information, off site storage facilities, auditors with access to PHI, and outsourced IT support must all be HIPAA compliant by February 18, 2010, according to new regulations in the HITECH Act. This has raised many questions among healthcare providers. For instance, do healthcare organizations have to help educate their business associates? Technically, no, according to this article by my colleague Dom Nicastro on whether BAs will be ready to comply. [Read More]

Editor's Note
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a great Fourth of July holiday. HealthLeaders Media IT will not publish next week, but will return with a new issue July 7.
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