Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How would Your Practice Protect Kim’s Information?

Recently, several employees of Cedars Sinai Medical Center were fired for improperly accessing the Protected Health Information (PHI) of Kim Kardashian (a reality TV personality) who went through her entire pregnancy with cameras in tow.  You can be pretty confident that Kim will lament this invasion of her privacy for several episodes.

Regardless of the cameras and dissemination of information by the patient, the covered entity has no choice but to protect Kim’s PHI under the HIPAA Security and Privacy standards.  This incident is a teachable moment for your practice and your staff, and a warning for both.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What are Your EHR Plans for the Next 12 Months?

The next twelve months present serious EHR scheduling challenges to medical practices.  You need to manage and consider the critical path needed to maintain your EHR strategy and tactics.  The key issues follow: