HIPAA laws have been a thorn in the sides of health care providers since 1996. Then along came the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or HITECH Act of 2009, which is shaking up the medical community by mandating the transition to electronic medical records software.
The transition to and adoption of electronic health records is not as violent as Hurricane Sandy, but it could be equally as painful. The effects of the HITECH Act will last long after the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Read More
The goal of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is to improving health while adhering to the requirements specified in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act / HIPAA laws. Hurricane Sandy may exposure any deficiencies in complying with HIPAA laws and regulations.
HIPAA laws have been in effect since 1996. But until the HITECH Act, HIPAA laws had very little teeth. As a result of the HITECH Act of 2009, there are now financial and criminal consequences for HIPAA violations.
For years, large IT shops have been concerned with disaster recovery. HIPAA laws require similar contingency planning and risk management. The HIPAA Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information.
Enter Hurricane Sandy. Read More