In a recent blog, I stated that interoperability is a key benefit of an ehr system. I also mentioned that it’s a key benefit for a system in which a patient’s electronic medical record is kept on each of the patient’s computers.
I’m going to repeat that. The main advantage of an ehr system is that information is shared between systems and between people. The major pain point for ehr systems that don’t interoperate is that information is lost if the patient computers are disconnected. As a result, the only way to find the information you’re looking for is to look for it on a separate computer.
We’re seeing a growing trend in ehr systems where the information shared between systems is not only lost but also outdated. Patients are increasingly not being offered the same information on their computers. A good example is the Veterans Administration (VA) website. The VA offers all its patient information on a single, large online platform.
The problem is that this single, large, and outdated system is not always the patient’s computer. If you’re a doctor working for the government who is in charge of a lot of electronic health records, you are going to be looking for information on the patient’s computer that isn’t always on the government website. A patient who is looking for information on the internet because they have their own computer might not have a government computer.
This is a very good reason to have a secure, HIPAA-compliant ehr system. A HIPAA-compliant system is one where all of the information about the patient is kept on the patient’s computer, and the patient has an online privacy statement that is signed by the patient (or their next of kin) before that information is released to anyone else.
HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is the federal law that requires most hospitals and other healthcare providers to maintain patient files on a secure, HIPAA-compliant computer. Every hospital and healthcare provider must have a HIPAA-compliant electronic health record system in place when they begin offering services to patients. You should look into that for sure.
HIPAA HIPAA HIPAA. Of course, that means all of the hospital employees and others who would be involved with your care have to know about this law. There are good reasons for an electronic health record system to be HIPAA compliant. It can save money, it can give you peace of mind about privacy, and it can help you fight fraud.
For example, you might have a provider, like the one who manages your care, that is an ehr system provider. That provider should also have a HIPAA-compliant electronic health record system in place. In the same way that a hospital can help you stay healthy, an ehr system can help your provider ensure that you stay healthy in the long run.
HIPAA is a federal law that requires all providers to adhere to certain privacy and security policies when it comes to health records. One of the benefits for ehr system providers is that they are required to adhere to these policies. Even if an ehr system provider doesn’t have the technical skills to set up the system, the provider should be able to make sure that it is safe, secure, and compliant.
HIPAA is more than just protecting personal information. HIPAA is about protecting the system or system components that the provider uses to collect health information. HIPAA also covers the way in which health information is stored and how it is retrieved. Some HIPAA compliance examples include protecting data integrity, handling data as required by laws and regulations, and ensuring that personal information is stored in a manner that is secure, not just “encrypt in a way we have not had to yet.