[ Monday, April 19, 2004 ]


Some good news on industry HIPAA compliance. AHIMA's survey was originally excerpted in Modern Healthcare fairly exclusively, and I couldn't figure out how to link to it. They've (AHIMA, that is) have published the survey results in a linkable format, here. Things are about where you'd expect them to be: fairly good progress, with realistic expectations and reporting.

HIPAA compliance must be an ongoing, evolutionary thing. You can't immediately switch to a new regime, without going through the cultural and organizational battles. But neither the Jeremiahs nor the Pollyannas are right about how good or bad the current situation or prospects are. Which is a good thing. People are doing what they can and taking reasonable steps to get their organizations and operations into HIPAA compliance, and to protect information while still allowing healthcare to be delivered. There will be bad days, and there will be bad stories, cases of overprotection preventing care or family notification, and cases of underprotection allowing the wrong family members access to information. But on balance, things look fairly good.

Jeff [10:54 AM]

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