Video: Protecting Protected Health Information

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The eEHR Privacy Debate Continues

[By Staff Reporters]

According to our colleague Richard Mata; MD, MIS, writing in the premium print-journal Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strategies], a critical feature of any healthcare information system [HIS] is compliance with privacy requirements. Of course, the most important compliance regulation is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The key here is to have computer systems, terminals, workstations, servers and hand-held systems fully in communication with each other — including the ability to send data outside the fire-walls of the institution; interoperability as needed — while ensuring the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI), which is health information where the person to whom it belongs is identifiable

Federal Privacy Regulations

The federal government required hospital and healthcare entity compliance with HIPAA security regulations since April 2005. Briefly, the following are features of HIPAA which concern HIS:

·         HIPAA presents a unique opportunity for automation of information since it is easier to protect secure information electronically as compared to having a paper chart that can be lost or open in front of patients and visitors.

·         Secure password protection must be in place at multiple levels to ensure that access to PHI is restricted to those who need the information at that time.

·         Appropriate encryption of data is essential for transmission between systems in order to prevent the interception of data.

National Spotlight

Yet, in this video clip, CNN’s Campbell Brown and Elizabeth Cohen examined how easy it is for someone to obtain private medical information online by simply using someone’s Social Security number and date of birth www.HealthDictionarySeries.com

Assessment

Whenever the subject of proliferating eHRs catches the national spotlight, you can bet that debates about privacy aren’t far behind. Indeed the privacy issue has already started to gain some traction in the media with the above video, and more.

Conclusion

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Frank Gehry, Health Reform and the Cleveland Clinic

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Las Vegas Hospital Uses Celebrity Architecture to Fight Disease?

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP

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dr-david-marcinko6According to the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper on March 2, 2009, the Cleveland Clinic is the newest top-tier player in Sin-City with an emerging health care system that will shake up the status quo, supposedly creating a multitude of direct and residual benefits for patients throughout the region.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

In its role as partner with the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the hospital — ranked fourth best nationally by U.S. News & World Report — is projected to influence medical care in Nevada on the strength of its immense organization. And, it is being designed by, none other than esteemed architect, Frank Gehry.

A Huge Project

And, if you believe numerous websites, the behemoth project will include office towers, a park, a 60-story tower for jewelry trading, a hotel conceived by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, thousands of apartments and a $360 million performing arts center. Of course, in typically flamboyant Gehry fashion, the highly embellished main facility is said to model curvy metallic shapes and “folds of the brain.” Other nescient drawings of the Ruvo Center show it divided in two sections. Offices and examination rooms will be housed in stacked rectangular blocks set slightly off kilter, like a fortress wall built by children.

The Architect

Gehry used this method to design his world famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1997) and his Peter B. Lewis Building for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2002. His style is well known.

Misplaced Priorities

But, with an estimated 40 million uninsured citizens, one only can wonder if this facility could have been built more cost effectively and/or more utilitarian?

Assessment

Moreover, some Clevelanders are grumbling about the clinic’s involvement in such a glamorous project far away, and imagine that the project will drain local resources just as sun-parched Western states have fantasized about tapping the Great Lakes.

Industry Indignation Index: 70

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