Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why EMR Platforms are Integral to the Healthcare Automation Process

Under HIPAA, patients have a right to obtain copies of their medical records as well as to request for amendments to erroneous entries. As such, it makes a lot of sense for healthcare practices to utilize convenient EMR platforms that make it easy to produce copies of a patient’s medical records and carry out the necessary corrections. Such a system also streamlines the insurance claims process as patient files are already sorted for easy retrieval.

Meanwhile, as far as the accounts payable automation process is concerned, clinics would do well to work with a reputable provider like Spectrum Information Services. With this system in place, a clinic can fully take advantage of electronic invoicing and payment options and be ready to face the demands of an increasingly automated healthcare industry.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Be HIPAA Omnibus-compliant through Secure Document Storage Services

Healthcare organizations and their business associates are entrusted with sensitive information; as such, they have a duty to ensure that all patient records are safe from unauthorized access. In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), hospitals, clinics, and their affiliates or vendors need to implement secure document storage methods such as restricting access to documents on a need-to-know basis as well as creating and securing backup copies of electronic and physical records.

With the passing of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule in March 2013 and its subsequent enforcement in September 2013, greater accountability is expected of healthcare organizations and their business associates.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

How Document Scanning Services Can Help in Business Risk Management

One of the biggest possible consequences of disasters to a business is data loss. In particular, paper documents are highly vulnerable to the effects of calamities like earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires.

Risk management experts recommend digitizing as an effective means of preserving important company files and data. The process requires identifying which among the business’ paper documents need to be preserved, scanning the identified files, and storing the scanned images in a secure electronic location. Given the volume of data that companies typically have to preserve, it is advisable to seek professional document scanning services for better cost-efficiency.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Securing Patient Records with Help from Document Management Services

The EHR (electronic health records, also referred to as EMR – electronic medical records) is a recent concept that has emerged in the health care industry, partly to comply with the HIPAA rules in protecting patients’ privacy. An EHR is a digital compilation of a patient’s health information, including the patient’s personal data, doctor consultation reports, hospital records, and all other details relating to the individual’s health history.

Bran Honigman writes in that EHRs allow doctors to “to have an indication of the quality of care they provide.” EHRs also give medical practitioners an alternative to paper records which the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has identified to be more at-risk to privacy breaches than electronic records. Needless to say, the information in EHRs should also be held in the strictest confidence, and privacy rights to these records are likewise protected by the HIPAA.