Health Information Management

New meaningful use interim standards require encryption capabilities

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 1, 2010

HIPAA privacy and security officers do not need to revamp their entire policy and training program because of the “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHR) guidelines published in January in the Federal Register.

If you’re on the right track toward complying with HIPAA privacy and security requirements and protecting your patient’s information, stay right there.

The EHR standards simply enable you to carry out certain aspects of HIPAA and HITECH better, such as encryption, says Margret Amatayakul, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHIT, CPEHR, CPHIE, FHIMSS, of Margret\A Consulting, LLC.

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology (ONC) released the two regulations regarding the definition of “meaningful use” of EHRs and the standards to improve the efficiency of health information technology used nationwide by hospitals and physicians in December, 2009.

Read the full HIPAA Update blog post here.

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