Healthcare EMR Blog

Accretive Health’s noncompliance ends poorly

July 31, 2012  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

Along with a $2.5 million settlement payment, Accretive Health, a health care consulting firm, has been banned from Minnesota for two to six years under a settlement with the state Attorney General.  While the company left the state with no admission of wrong, the incident revealed some unsettling incidents, like patients being asked for payment …

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What’s in your health records?

July 26, 2012  |  by benw  |  Blog

OCR (Office of Civil Rights) is doing a pretty cool contest – to enter, you have to ask your doctor for your Personal Health Record and then take a video of what you learned.  It’s a laughably obvious incentive game to get people to look at their own health records.  Once you get past the …

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The Importance of Compliancy, Even For Small Practices

July 24, 2012  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

There’s a lot of buzz around Phoenix Cardiac Surgery’s compliancy investigation.  For good reason: it sparks a marked change in the approach that OCR (Office of Civil Rights, the organization that polices HIPAA and HITECH) treats practice compliancy, and is a wake-up call to smaller non-compliant practices everywhere in America. Phoenix Cardiac Surgery is a …

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Office 2013 and Health Information Technology

July 17, 2012  |  by benw  |  Blog

The Office 2013 beta is here.  Reviews so far are positive: users will recognize this version, but also be pleased by new elements.  On the whole, the impressive part about Office 2013 is delivery and integration rather than any particular sparkly new feature.  That being said, there are a few features that align well with …

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Windows 8 and Healthcare IT

July 17, 2012  |  by benw  |  Blog

Windows 8 manages its systems in some very different ways than previous generations of Windows.  Some of these changes are controversial: end-user flexibility, a long-term principal of Microsoft product offerings, is more limited. However, if you’re not concerned about whether or not you can easily install Linux, your flexibility concerns can end.  You can largely …

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