We all know the cost of regulatory compliance - how expensive it can be to meet the standards of HIPAA, HITECH and other industry guidelines. But two organizations this week learned hard lessons about the cost of non-compliance.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles Health System to settle violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
When it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments, Fallon Clinic is a trailblazer. It's also leading the way in its EHR security initiatives designed to protect patient privacy.
Federal officials should offer detailed guidance on how to conduct a "risk of harm" assessment to comply with the HITECH Act Breach Notification Rule, says Harry Rhodes, director of practice leadership at the American Health Information Management Association.