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Monthly Archives: April 2015

“Information Blocking” Deterring the Effective Use of EHRs

“Information Blocking” Deterring the Effective Use of EHRs

Extensive and effective sharing or reviewing of healthcare information across the healthcare continuum is made difficult by many challenges, among which “information blocking” is one of the most prominent. A recent NY Times report highlights how developers of health information technology and medical centers themselves block the transfer of healthcare data, refusing to send it … Continue reading “Information Blocking” Deterring the Effective Use of EHRs

ABLE Act – Enhancing the Financial Stability of America’s Disabled

ABLE Act – Enhancing the Financial Stability of America’s Disabled

In December 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that would ensure a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking the federal benefits they are already receiving. The ABLE (Achieve a Better Life Experience) Act will radically change the current scenario. It is hailed as the “broadest … Continue reading ABLE Act – Enhancing the Financial Stability of America’s Disabled

Alarming Cases of Health Data Breach: EHR Systems Fall Easy Prey to Cybercriminals

Alarming Cases of Health Data Breach: EHR Systems Fall Easy Prey to Cybercriminals

Health data breach is a dreaded concern for all entities handling healthcare data of patients, whether in the medical, legal, insurance or other sectors. Healthcare documentation is often required for review purposes and it calls for failsafe security measures during retrieval, evaluation, transfer and storage. Security experts remain concerned about massive data breaches that may … Continue reading Alarming Cases of Health Data Breach: EHR Systems Fall Easy Prey to Cybercriminals

Of Competence, Mental Health, Insanity Defense and Medical Record Evaluation

Of Competence, Mental Health, Insanity Defense and Medical Record Evaluation

A report on NOLA.com "Tom Benson medical records to remain secret in New Orleans competency case" brings to mind certain issues that surround the legal term "competence". The case is one regarding Saints owner Tom Benson who is fighting a mental competence case. An Orleans Parish judge has ruled that his medical records will be … Continue reading Of Competence, Mental Health, Insanity Defense and Medical Record Evaluation