HITECH Act

HIPAA Overview and Four Questions for Web Hosts About Compliance

Physician holding a paper chart and Stethoscope

For those in healthcare IT, HIPAA has been a major concern since it was passed in 1996. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has two main sections – Title I and Title II. Title I is about portability. In a nutshell, it deals with individual rights related to health insurance, especially group health insurance when a person is laid off or switching employers.

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Impact of Healthcare on IT Industry – A Fresh Prospective from the HIMSS 9th Annual Conference

With the passage of Healthcare Reform by Congress, there is a lot of talk about healthcare in the IT business community.  Healthcare already accounts for about $2 trillion in federal spending each year; almost one out of every seven dollars spent in the U.S is related to healthcare.  It looks as if billions more will be funneled into the healthcare IT segment, thanks to the new federal initiatives that require health care providers to maintain medical records electronically.  This explains why almost every technology vendor out there is evaluating and exploring opportunities within the health care sector.

We sent Sam G. to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Expo (HIMSS) in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month to do some investigating.

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HITECH Act – New HIPAA Privacy Law and the Service Providers

I was recently interviewed by Ms. Melanie Azam of the Orlando Business Journal for her story about the new HIPAA privacy laws taking effect on February 17, 2010, passed as part of the 2009 stimulus package.  She wrote an informative article about the new HIPAA regulations, which will affect companies that service the health care providers.

As discussed in the article, these new regulations will have a major impact on companies that deal with electronic medical health records, as they affect both the storage and safety of health-related records.  The newly passed Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act applies to the service providers and accounting, software, and law firms working with medical records and medical providers, leaving many companies scrambling to get on board with the new, more rigorous privacy laws and regulations.

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