An electronic health record (EHR) implementation is a major undertaking for hospitals of any size—from a rural acute care or inpatient behavioral health facility to a large multi-entity health system. The good news is that a properly planned and executed EHR implementation improves clinical processes to ensure physicians and other clinicians make effective decisions about patient care.
HIPAA privacy and security regulations have been around for almost 13 years. During the same period, new federal rules have evolved with provisions that paralleled, expanded on, or otherwise interacted with HIPAA.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights announced a final rule in January of 2013 that implements a number of provisions to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information. This Special Report, written by D'Arcy Guerin Gue, author of The Guide to Medical Privacy & HIPAA from Thompson Publishing, covers the most important provisions.