HHS Announces Culpability Limits for HIPAA Violations, Drops Annual Fines Owed by Providers

Clinical laboratories need to understand how their patients’ protected health information is being used and secured by vendors to avert data breaches and HHS penalties Most readers of The Dark Report, the sister publication to the Dark Daily, are aware that more than 24-million clinical laboratory patients had their protected health information (PHI) stolen during several recent data breaches involving multiple medical laboratory companies. The first public statements made by clinical lab...

Six Health IT Companies Join Forces to Develop Interoperable EHR Systems to Better Compete Against Epic’s EHR Product

CommonWell is the name of the new organization formed to create the interoperability that would enable universal access to each patient’s health care records It was big news in the healthcare IT world when six major healthcare IT companies joined together on March 4 and announced a collaboration intended to develop electronic health record (EHR) systems that are interoperable. That is a goal that can come none too soon for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. The collaboration...

How Clinical Pathology Laboratories Are Preparing to Support EMR Adoption by Office-Based Physicians

Some U.S. laboratories already ramping up their LIS resources to meet demand for LIS-to-EMR interfaces Clinical laboratory managers and pathology groups need to prepare for what is expected to be a tsunami of requests by physicians who want their newly-implemented electronic medical record (EMR) systems to be interfaced with their laboratory’s LIS. This approaching tsunami is a consequence of the billions in federal incentive payments designed to encourage doctors to adopt EMRs. It means lab...

$17 Billion in HITECH Act Funding Encourages Doctors to Adopt EMRs; Integration with the Clinical Laboratory LIS is Crucial

Surge of requests for LIS-to-EMR interfaces will soon hit clinical pathology laboratories EMR adoption by office-based physicians is about to seriously challenge the capability of the nation’s clinical pathology laboratories to quickly build interfaces with the electronic medical record (EMR) systems of their client doctors. That’s the prediction of one of the nation’s foremost experts on how to connect clinical pathology laboratories with physician EMRs. “Today, only one of four physicians...

HITECH Law Requires Privacy Breach Responses by Clinical Labs and Pathology Groups

“Securing” Protected Health Information (“PHI”) allows medical laboratories to avoid HITECH breach notification requirements As of February 22, 2010, clinical laboratories, pathology groups, and other health providers have new breach notification requirements relating to protected health information (PHI). This is mandated in the legislation known as the HITECH ACT. Dark Daily reported extensively on the breach notification requirements imposed by the HITECH ACT. Under the breach notification...
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