HIPAA Heads Up
Volume V, No. 41
May 16, 2006
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Table of Contents
  1. El Centro Regional Medical Center to Implement MEDHOST's Emergency Department Technology
  2. Initiate Systems EMPI Powers RHIOs & NHINs, Helps Protect Privacy and Secure Information Exchange; Delivers 100 Percent Patient Accuracy in MA-SHARE's Connecting for Health Prototype
  3. Addressing HIPAA Compliance Issues
  4. HASC Encourages Standardization of Patient Health Insurance Identification Cards
  5. The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits

1.) El Centro Regional Medical Center to Implement MEDHOST's Emergency Department Technology

El Centro Regional Medical Center, located in El Centro, Calif., announced that it will implement MEDHOST's Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). MEDHOST's EDIS supplements hospital emergency departments (ED) with an easy-to-use and proficient technology platform that is proven to drastically improve charge capture, helps increase patient safety and reduces individual wait times. Accompanying its EDIS technologies, MEDHOST will provide El Centro Regional Medical Center with a full suite of consulting, support and training initiatives.

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2.) Initiate Systems EMPI Powers RHIOs & NHINs, Helps Protect Privacy and Secure Information Exchange; Delivers 100 Percent Patient Accuracy in MA-SHARE's Connecting for Health Prototype

Initiate Systems, Inc., the recognized standard in enterprise master person index (EMPI) software for the healthcare industry, announced it is providing accurate patient identification capabilities to the most advanced regional and national health information networks. MA-SHARE is using Initiate(TM) software in its work with Connecting for Health, whose three-state prototype, announced in February, has linked approximately 20 million anonymized, clinically accurate medical records associated with 500,000 patients across networks in Massachusetts, Indiana and California.

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3.) Addressing HIPAA Compliance Issues

This document details the mandated and proposed rules generally referred to as the 'HIPAA requirements 'and how they affect healthcare organizations and their business partners transmit medical information electronically. The document then describes how technical solutions from Sigaba map to those requirements. This document gives an overview of the HIPAA requirements, as well as an understanding of Sigaba's capability to meet those requirements.

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4.) HASC Encourages Standardization of Patient Health Insurance Identification Cards

To date, health care providers, health plans or payers, government programs and others have issued more than 100 million health identification cards to patients. The Healthcare Administrative Simplification Coalition (HASC), a public/private partnership of organizations committed to reducing the administrative costs and complexity of health care, today announced its support for efforts by the Workgroup on Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) to bring greater uniformity to the information, appearance and technology of those patient ID cards.

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http://www.mgma.com/press/HASC_encourages_standardization_of_patient_health_insurance_identification_cards.cfm


5.) The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits

In this special report, a panel of industry experts assembled by HIN walks through the steps of a typical e-visit, describes the positive reception this trend has received from physicians, patients and payors and offers practical advice for healthcare organizations contemplating a move to virtual visits. The reportís question-and-answer section suggests e-visit ground rules, billing practices and technology support.

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