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Before Casting Stones, Check Own House
The first HIPAA settlement of 2020 brings home a couple of key considerations for compliance. The first consideration is to be comfortable with one’s own level of adherence to HIPAA before filing a report (even a necessary one) that will inevitably result in an investigation. The second consideration is that no healthcare entity is too small for the Office for Civil Rights to take a look and impose a monetary penalty. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
Balancing the Data Equation
Who owns healthcare data? Who can access healthcare data? Who can control how healthcare data are used? Those three questions can form the basis for going into any number of directions in the discussion around healthcare data. The questions will also spark substantial debate as to the best means of answering. Trying to come up with a definitive answer is not something that any one person can or should do though. Instead, the questions should serve as a basis for generating an open dialogue among all interested parties. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
When Patients Meet HIPAA: Addressing Common HIPAA Access Questions In Real Life
When individuals seek access to medical records or information, the process can often prove frustrating and labyrinthine. The long and convoluted process can arise from an unintentional misunderstanding of HIPAA (or state law) requirements, or an absence of knowledge. Concerns around access are cited frequently, especially as individuals become more informed and involved in their own health. In fact, a relatively new startup, Ciitizen, has created a Patient Record Scorecard to grade organizations on whether the right to access is respected. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
Access or Privacy: False Juxtaposition
As the healthcare industry awaits a final rule on information blocking and enabling easier access to data by individuals, divisions are becoming more apparent between patients and individuals on the one hand and some portions of the healthcare industry on the other hand. The divide is posited as one of access or maintaining privacy, but that juxtaposition is not really accurate. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
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