Electronic health records are too variable to be reliable or authentic and should be tested before being used in evidentiary proceedings, according to an article in the Ava Maria Law Review, a publication of the Naples-Florida-based Ava Maria School of Law.
I can't help but feel sorry for Monticello, Arkansas-based Drew Memorial Hospital, which failed a Medicare Meaningful Use audit and is being asked by CMS to return its incentive payment for that year in the amount of $904,000.
It turns out that the hospital failed to meet just one of the 19 Meaningful Use objectives: the security risk analysis. The hospital had conducted one in 2005 and another in 2013, but not for fiscal year 2011-2012, the year that was audited.
"We were one of the first wave of hospitals to take advantage of the program and these types of audits simply are not that common. When you're the youngest and you don't get to learn from other's mistakes, these things happen," hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux said.
Conducting a security risk analysis to identify vulnerabilities in an organization's health IT systems is burdensome and time consuming. Providers have been struggling with the requirement, which is also mandated by HIPAA.
Yet, it's important to do so in order to identify risks so that they can be effectively managed. Read more...
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As healthcare organizations face challenges in implementing State 2 of Meaningful Use, they should reach out to others who have found success, said Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator at the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT.
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