Achieving Safe Harbor: What the HITECH Act Means for Your U.S. Healthcare Organization's' Communications and Business Processes

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Executive Summary

The security and privacy of Personal Health Records (PHR) has long been a hot button within the healthcare industry. The movement from paper to electronic records was first addressed with HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) in 1996 and continues to be updated with new documents and implementations over time, most recently with the 5010 update. While HIPAA encouraged the use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), little was done in the way of enforcing these recommendations or to encourage the investment in improving processes and securing patient information.

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