04-22-13 | Blog Post
Online Tech is exhibiting HIPAA hosting solutions at booth #919 at the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)’s 17th Annual Compliance Institute Conference April 21-24 in National Harbor, MD. The conference draws in healthcare compliance professionals, risk managers, privacy officers, healthcare CFOs and CEOs, and more.
Hidden Liabilities in the EHR
Speakers: Catherine Gray, Director Corporate Compliance, Vidant Health
Yolanda Whichard, Medical Internal Auditor, Office of Audit and Compliance, Vidant Health
Catherine stimulated thought on some of the pitfalls and issues of EHR (electronic health record) systems within hospitals and physician offices. Vidant Health systems works with ten hospitals from small to full-fledge academic hospitals, serving 29 counties in North Carolina.
The biggest pitfalls she points out with some EHR systems are:
The information is meaningful and reflects the quality of care you give. Patients have access to their information now more than ever; it is key to make it meaningful for them.
The second speaker, Yolanda went on to discuss contractual landmines that may arise in purchasing an EHR system. You cannot trust every contractor of EHR systems you run across. You need to be sure you have covered the following areas in your contract with your EHR provider:
Interoperability is key to have between all EHR systems. It has been documented in certain cases, where a patients medical information was deleted from one section of an EHR system, but was not deleted from another section of an EHR. The particular case that was discussed, resulted in unnecessary surgery for one patient.
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