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Stitching Up Health Records:
Privacy Compliance Lags
The good news about privacy and the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act is that more than 80 percent of companies
involved in health care have technology and processes in place to
provide the level of patient-privacy protection required by the
The bad news? All were supposed to have done so by April 2003.
More bad news? The percentage hasn't changed since last summer,
meaning about 20 percent of health care companies are "unable
or unwilling to implement federal privacy requirements," according
to a twice-yearly survey of health care payers and providers conducted
by Phoenix Health Systems and Healthcare Information and Management
Systems Society, or HIMSS.
Study: Medicare, Insurers Reluctant to Pay for Telehealth
Sam Burgiss, former head of the University of Tennessee Telehealth
Network, remembers how videoconferencing changed one patient's life.
He lived alone and had congestive heart failure. Every quarter,
he'd spend several days in the hospital, but, in 1998, nurses started
monitoring him through videoconferencing. Through remote monitoring
equipment, blood cuffs, scales and patients themselves can send
information through the Internet.
This patient held instruments up to a camera for nurses to read,
and over the following year, he ended up in the hospital just once,
for a 24-hour observation.But despite such advances, remote patient
monitoring is far from routine.
HIPAA Security Compliance Deadline Draws Near
Health care payers and providers have two weeks until security
rules protecting electronic health information kick in. Accordingly,
trade and government groups have released an array of tools to help
them make sure they are complying with the law.
The deadline of April 20 is set by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act) and covers all but the smallest of health
Although some small payers and providers are still scrambling to
meet the deadline, most are well on their way to compliance, if
not already there, said Chris Noell, vice president of business
development at Solutionary Inc., which helps companies manage their
security needs. "There hasn't been a last-minute rush; we were
seeing as much demand six months ago as we are today," he said.
Microsoft Targets Health Insurers
In an effort to make good on its commitment to the health care industry
to be present from "lab to bedside," Microsoft announced
another series of partnerships aiming at the health care industry.
At the World Health Care Congress from April 17 to 19, Microsoft
released its vision for "knowledge driven health plans"
in conjunction with 22 companies that will provide solutions based
on its framework. Unlike other segments of the health care industry,
health insurers have proven themselves much more motivated and adept
at incorporating IT.
In the last several years, the industry has undergone rapid consolidation
and has come under pressure to effectively integrate IT. Among health
plans, "there has been enormous disruption and a lot of competitive
threat," notes Dennis Schmuland, M.D., director of Microsoft's
health plan industry solutions.