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HIPAA Compliance

What is HIPAA compliance?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was signed into effect by President Clinton to protect health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs (Portability) and to protect health data integrity, confidentiality, and availability (Accountability).

Healthcare organizations must start now to understand the business impact of HIPAA and plan not only for compliance, but for strategic advantage. The challenge is to fully understand the impact of the law and to work a HIPAA response into overall planning.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is mainly categorized into four components which are:-

- Administrative Procedures
- Physical safeguards
- Technical Security Services
- Technical Security Mechanisms

HIPAA contains several provisions, the one that poses the greatest challenge to healthcare organizations today is called Administrative Simplification. Its goal is to reduce the costs and administrative burdens of healthcare through the standardization of electronic transmissions.

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CCHIT Compliance

What is CCHIT Compliance?
A CCHIT CertifiedSM EHR is an assurance to your customers – physicians and other providers – and to others in the marketplace – payers, purchasers and consumers – that your products meet all basic criteria for functionality, interoperability and security. CCHIT is the recognized certification authority for EHRs; it invests in outreach campaigns designed to help your current and potential customers understand the value of CCHIT Certified EHR products.

CCHIT works with all stakeholders to gain consensus on certification criteria and testing processes related to the industry standards produced by healthcare standards development organizations (SDOs). Certification is a mechanism for enhancing the confidence and orderliness of the HIT marketplace. The inspection and testing process performed when certifying HIT products is based on agreed-upon standards, as well as unbiased inspection and testing.

Certification for ambulatory EHR products is available in 2006; inpatient EHR products will follow in 2007. CCHIT’s certification criteria and processes are created and piloted with vendor input, and with respect for the business impact of certification.

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Technology Standards

We at Pragmedic believe in providing a one-stop solution to our customers, since we understand what customer wants - and we always let the customer focus on their core business & let us manage their IT requirements.

We nurture the best brains, our Technical Team having vast experience in latest tools & technologies have played major role in providing software solutions to most of the major corporate clients across the Globe. Our teams have expertise in the following skill-sets:

Technologies
- Microsoft Smart Client Technolgy
- Microsoft Win Forms (Rich Client)
- Thin Client / Browser based Applications
- Mobile Applications (Pocket PC / Smart Phone)

Programming Languages / Environment
- Microsoft Visual Basic.Net
- Microsoft Visual Basic
- Microsoft C-Sharp (C#)
- Microsoft Visual C .Net
- Microsoft ASP .net
- XML Webservice
- Java and EJB - Enterprise Java Beans
- Java script
- VBScript
- Cold Fusion
- J2EE
- PHP
- PERL / CGI
- IBM Visual Age of JAVA 


Backend Database Server
- Microsoft SQL 2000 / 2005
- Oracle 8i / 9i
- MYSQL
- DB2

Front-End (Thin-Client) Designing
- Adobe Photoshop
- Macromedia Flash
- Macromedia Dream Weaver
- MS Front Page
- Macromedia Fireworks
- Adobe Image Ready
- Macromedia Author Ware

 


PRAGMEDIC eUPDATES

The Evolution of Document Imaging in Healthcare
Imaging technology has combined with electronic document management and workflow/business process management (BPM) to address ....

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Smart Clients: Combining the Power of the PC with the Reach of the Web
Challenges arise when your organization requires both the flexibility and immediacy that comes with online access to data and applications, and the full functionality of traditional client software.The answer: smart client software...

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Hospitals to Start Scanning Patients for Implanted Chips
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PRAGMEDIC eNEWSLETTER

Survey: HIPAA Compliance Drops, Patient Concerns Grow
IT compliance officers are trying to comply with health care privacy regulations, but they're not getting the resources needed, AHIMA says.

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Microsoft Prescribes Digital Pharma Framework
At the Pharmaceutical Technology Congress this week in Philadelphia, Microsoft announced a full-scale strategy for addressing the IT needs of the pharmaceutical industry. Microsoft originally launched its health care and life sciences group ten years ago.

"Microsoft has stepped up and said we think we can have impact in the pharmaceutical industry," said Microsoft Enterprise Sales and Industry Strategist Paul Mattes. "Microsoft is not dipping into it in a transient way."

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Health Tech Advance Can Lead to Errors
Computerized systems that reduce certain medication errors increase the risk of others, concludes a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

CPOE (computerized physician order entry) is widely hailed as an important solution for reducing medical errors. However, the study, led by Ross Koppel at the University of Pennsylvania, listed over twenty ways that CPOE made medical errors more likely to happen. In particular, medicines could be ordered for the wrong patient, sent to the wrong place, or delayed for more than 24 hours.

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