CDIA Health eBrief
Oct. 5, 2011

Life in a hybrid medical record setting
For The Record
Hybrid medical record environments have been around for as long as many HIM professionals can remember, and most believe they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. In fact, the push toward EMR adoption and other advanced HIT environments has only exacerbated the situation as organizations strive to meet meaningful use deadlines. Here, industry professionals offer advice on how to manage dual paper/electronic systems. More

How meaningful use clashes with ICD-10
Healthcare IT News
Star-crossed health IT projects, ICD-10 and meaningful use are inextricably linked. But is one in the way of the other? That's the assertion of Peter Muir, M.D., of the Springfield Center Family Medicine in Springfield, Ohio, one of the first to attest to meaningful use and receive federal reimbursements. Meaningful use is making ICD-10 even more difficult, he says.More

6 tips for avoiding data breaches
Government Health IT
Security within the healthcare industry is changing, and health data breaches are a significant issue. According to Rick Kam, president and co-founder of ID Experts, now is a critical time in determining the future of health security. "We're at the convergence of technology becoming more pervasive in healthcare." Kam shares six ways to plan for, mitigate and protect against health data breaches. More

Tricare reports data breach affecting 4.9 million patients
Modern Healthcare
The records of about 4.9 million Military Health System patients have been breached by a contractor for the military's Tricare Management Activity insurance carrier. The breach involved backup tapes of a military electronic health record system that was in use from 1992 through Sept. 7. The breached records may include Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers, and some personal health data such as clinical notes, laboratory tests and prescriptions, Tricare noted. More

Direct Project reaches consensus on trust framework
Government Health IT
Members of the Direct Project Rules of the Road workgroup recently reached consensus on a key component of the trust framework necessary to make Direct exchange expand nationally and be available to more users. The Certificate Policy, which governs the use of X.509 digital certificates within the ecosystem of potential Direct providers and users who are covered entities, business associates, and others abiding by HIPAA security and privacy rules, is now available for industry guidance of Direct exchange implementations.More

Lessons from Britain's health information technology fiasco
The New York Times
Government press releases tend to be bland. But not one posted on the British Department of Health's website recently. Its headline: "Dismantling the NHS National Programme for IT." The NHS is Britain's state-run National Health Service and the program in question was the ambitious drive to computerize England's health records and let doctors, clinics and hospitals share patient information electronically. The project, begun in 2002, was budgeted at about $19 billion and the government hailed it as "the world’s biggest civil information technology program." However, the project has been a slow-motion train wreck for some time.More

Compliance & Operations Best Practices in Healthcare Documentation Organizations: The EBP Manual
Safeguarding the privacy, security and integrity of patient health information has captured national media, consumer and regulatory attention. Now you can quickly and effectively work to transform your business with expertly crafted policies for compliance while implementing industry best practices guided by the EBP Manual. For a limited time, when you purchase this e-book with instant online access, you'll receive a free organizer (binder and tabs) to print a copy for your library.

Compliance and best practices in business operations are priorities for business owners, independent contractors, HIM directors and all of those who seek services from medical transcription organizations. This comprehensive e-manual will guide you through many of these complex issues and give you downloadable policies and procedures that you can customize for your own business needs (they are Word documents). AHDI and CDIA have worked with expert legal counsel to develop this skillfully written material to save your valuable time and money.More

Join Query Health in developing national standards for population queries
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently launched Query Health, a new initiative to establish standards and services for distributed population queries of electronic health records. Doug Fridsma, M.D., director of the office of standards and interoperability at ONC, explains Query Health and how industry insiders can help.More

HHS site gives patients the scoop on their legal rights to health data
HealthData Management
The federal government's revamped website includes extensive information for patients on their rights under the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules. The site explains the HIPAA rules in-depth, and the differences between standalone or connected personal health records, electronic health records and electronic medical records.More