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Radical advancements in health IT development and implementation have pushed the issue of health data security to the forefront of the collective healthcare provider mindset as they attempt to strike a balance between patient access to electronic health record protected health information (PHI) and data protection. The fact that so many health IT vendors now have access to and possess protected health information necessitated shift changes in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 which was enacted to establish ground rules for the privacy protection of individually identifiable health information.
We invited Mac McMillan, Chair of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Task Force to discuss what these new changes are, define their parameters, the mission of the HIMSS PRivacy & Security Task Force, his definition of what “privacy” actually is, comments on new technology that are viable options for healthcare providers to implement as a way to protect access to sensitive patient data, and his thoughts on the increased adoption of PHI management applications such as Microsoft HealthVault.
Listen in to this podcast for more information on the latest health IT industry developments and regulations that govern PHI and for insight from Mac on why healthcare providers and third party vendors should pay close attention to compliance with recent HIPAA changes.