The federal government has officially handed off operation of the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange (NwHIN) to a new public-private, non-profit partnership. Healtheway Inc. will now serve as the business arm of the NwHIN Exchange, a network of private and public organizations that includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and private organizations like Kaiser Permanente.
When it comes to health data privacy breaches, some states are doing a worse job protecting patient privacy than others, according to an analysis of government data.
As an attorney, Keith Olenik, MA, RHIA, CHP, said that when he hears that organizations are considering getting into social media, his legal antennae go up. “Typically, I say, ‘Just say no.’” But, he and his co-presenter Peter Enko, JD, agreed in their session Tuesday that while social media carries risks for providers and organizations, it also offers value and benefits to patients that can’t be ignored. “Patients need to have new ways to view information,” Enko said, which calls for an awareness on the part of providers of what is appropriate and useful.
Staff-related issues and the complications of new technologies were among the issues addressed Tuesday by Jim Sheldon-Dean, BS, MS, founder and director of compliance services at Vermont-based consulting firm Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, during a session that addressed mitigation strategies for top HIPAA security issues.
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) has been selected as the winner of the first AHIMA Grace Award. The award was presented to UWHC leadership during Tuesday’s convention general session.
Named for AHIMA founder Grace Whiting Myers, the “AHIMA Grace Award: In Recognition of Excellence in Health Information Management” honors healthcare delivery organizations that demonstrate effective and innovative approaches in using health information to deliver high quality healthcare.