This is the next installment of a video series looking at topics and issues surrounding the security of protected health information and patient medical records.
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Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments more than doubled from $6.9 billion in August 2012 to a staggering $14.6 billion at the end of April 2013. This increase indicates that physicians and hospitals are continuing to participate in the Meaningful Use program and adopting Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
Successfully attesting to CMS indicates that the core and objective measures have been satisfied. Included in the required measures is Meaningful Use Measure 14 for EPs/15 for hospitals, with the following objective: “Protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified EHR technology through the implementation of appropriate technical capabilities.” The objective in itself appears to be an achievable task as written. It is well known within the medical community that protecting electronic protected health information (ePHI) is paramount to success, and it is the law according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Adopting and implementing an EHR achieving the required use percentages is a major undertaking for any practice or hospital. Continue reading