NHIN Direct to Launch Pilot Testing Soon

The Office of the National Coordinator will begin pilot testing NHIN Direct health information exchange standards in late December or early January. Once draft specifications are completed this month, the NHIN Direct team will begin work with seven organizations that will exchange health information using Direct standards and specifications, according to Arien Malec, the NHIN Direct project director, who presented an update on the...

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Meaningful Use Vocabulary Standard Guidance

The Nov/Dec “ARRA on the Job” column “Understanding the Meaningful Use Vocabulary Standards” provides an introduction to the vocabulary standard requirements adopted in the meaningful use program. Organizations and practitioners looking for more guidance on these standards in order to qualify for stage 1 of the meaningful use program should review the “Meaningful Use Vocabulary Toolkit,” from which the article is excerpted. The...

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REC Directory

More than 60 regional extension centers are up and running, offering providers assistance in implementing health IT. Find your state’s REC with this interactive map.

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More Updated Practice Briefs

AHIMA updated and posted several practice briefs to the AHIMA Body of Knowledge. Check out the following updated practice briefs: “The RFP Process for EHR Systems (Updated)” guides organizations through the selection process, assisting providers as they issue requests for information or requests for proposal for EHRs or component systems. It is to be used in conjunction with the accompanying RFI/RFP Template. “Preemption of the HIPAA...

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Transcription Compliance under HITECH

HITECH changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules put new responsibilities on both providers who outsource medical transcription and the companies that provide services for them. Joanne Glunt, senior VP of field operations at Webmedx, and Edna Palmer, manager of central transcription at Bon Secours in Richmond, VA, describe steps covered entities can take to mitigate privacy and security risks and keep compliant with the new...

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